Scholarship Program

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024/2025 Academic Year

Deadline: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 (11:59 PM Mountain Time)

As of September 12, 2023, Shred Nations and Record Nations will be accepting scholarship applications for the 2024/2025 school year.

About the $7,500 Scholarship

Shred Nations and Record Nations are Colorado based companies dedicated to promoting economic success of businesses in the shredding and secure destruction or management industries.  As a member of i-SIGMA, Shred Nations and Record Nations recognizes the benefits of continuing higher education for those individuals interested in business, environmental responsibility and making future contributions to the community.  Both companies support the independent shredding and document management industry and believe in giving back to those providers by offering a scholarship to students seeking higher education.

The Shred Nations and Record Nations Scholarship is an annual award of up to $7,500 to offset the costs of higher education. The scholarship award may be divided into two separate payments to be paid directly to the applicant’s chosen institution of higher education, which must be an accredited university, college or trade school.

Attendance at the i-SIGMA Conference to Receive Scholarship Award

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must have completed secondary school, or currently be a senior in a secondary school.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 with an interest in business, environmental studies, document management or the shredding and recycling industry.
  3. Applicants will be required to submit a nomination from an i-SIGMA member. i-SIGMA members will be comprised of any employee or owner of an i-SIGMA member company.

To find an i-SIGMA member company that is willing to get to know you and write a letter of recommendation, applicants can use i-SIGMA’s interactive map search for a full directory of i-SIGMA members and their contact information. Applicants may also contact us at for assistance.

One scholarship will be awarded for the academic year, and past recipients may re-apply to be awarded the scholarship for subsequent years. Shred Nations and Record Nations employees, immediate or extended families are not permitted to be awarded the scholarship.

Submitting the Application

Shred Nations and Record Nations will begin accepting applications beginning on July 1 of each year in which the Shred Nations and Record Nations Scholarship is offered. Applications for the 2024/2025 school year must be received by Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 (11:59 PM Mountain Time)

Complete the application form provided electronically at (this document may be saved to your computer for completion at your convenience). All application materials must include your full name and be clearly labeled for use in the Shred Nations and Record Nations Annual Scholarship. The completed application and referenced materials may be submitted electronically to Shred Nations’ email at or mailed directly to Shred Nations at:

Shred Nations

c/o Scholarship Committee

777 South Wadsworth Blvd.

Building 3, Suite 250

Lakewood, CO 80226


Selection Criteria

Candidates who plan to make the secure destruction or document management industry a career and whose degree program provides the maximum potential benefit to their respective/perspective employer will be favorably considered.

All applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria, and such other considerations as the Selection Committee determines are meritorious to the purposes of the scholarship.

Academic Merit:

  • The selection committee will analyze the scholar’s academic achievement and rigor including high school and college/university transcripts, honors and awards.


  • The scholar’s character will be evaluated based upon the recommendation of an i-SIGMA member owner/executive. In addition, the scholar’s extracurricular activities and merits related to those activities will be examined.

Contribution to Document Management or Destruction Industry:

  • The scholar should demonstrate through a 500 – 1,000-word essay OR a 60-second video detail how you can use your studies to improve business, environmental responsibility and make future contributions to the community including interest in the secure management or destruction industry and demonstrate what value you can provide to a potential company that is hiring.

Scholarship Award

The scholarship will be awarded at the i-SIGMA Annual Conference for the academic year beginning in the fall of the year of the award. For example, if the scholarship is awarded at the 2024 i-SIGMA annual conference, it will apply to the 2024-2025 school year. Summer applies to the school year before and not the school year after. For example, summer semester 2022 is considered part of the 2021-2022 academic year for this scholarship

Download the Application Below

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Scholar Checklist

To help ensure that all information is submitted when applying for the Shred Nations Scholarship, we put together a helpful checklist. Download it below.

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Scholarship Selection Committee

The scholarship selection committee for the 2024/2025 Scholarship award are the following individuals:

Melinda Powelson- CEO, Shred Nations/Record Nations

Rand LeMarinel – COO, Shred Nations/Record Nations


For questions regarding the Shred Nations and Record Nations Scholarship Program please call (800) 747-3365 or e-mail

About Shred Nations and Record Nations

Shred Nations is a wholly owned entity of DataGuard USA LLC. Shred Nations is an internet marketing company with a special interest in the shredding industry. More than 1,000 self-directed consumers a day rely on us for shredding solutions. Our company has been providing fast and accurate information since 1999.

Record Nations is a wholly owned entity of DataGuard USA LLC. Record Nations is an online marketplace with a special interest in servicing the document management industry. Customers and records information management companies have relied on us for new business opportunities since 1999. Our goal is to make your information more secure, more accessible, and to continue to provide value to both our customers and service providers.

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*** We reserve the right to change anything related to this scholarship at anytime at Shred Nations discretion **