DAYTON, Ohio — The Reynolds and Reynolds Company today announced it is providing more than 50 merit scholarships to support young scholars attending colleges in the U.S. and Canada for the 2012-2013 academic year. The scholarships, with a combined value of nearly $130,000, are funded by the Reynolds and Reynolds Company Foundation, which has been providing support for higher education and merit scholarships for the past 25 years.

“We take a great deal of pride in directing the foundation’s support to higher education and especially to scholarships,” said Robert Burnett, a trustee of the foundation and vice president of corporate development at Reynolds and Reynolds. “It’s a direct way to help high-achieving students reach their goals for a college education. At the same time, as these students return to their communities to live and work, all of us will benefit from having these accomplished and talented young adults in our midst.”

The majority of the 2012-2013 scholarships were awarded under a longstanding program of honor scholarships for undergraduate studies by children of Reynolds associates. The funding also supports the Reynolds and Reynolds Leadership Scholars Program at Wright State University in Dayton, which provides scholarships for students in the University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Additionally, Reynolds is funding scholarships to benefit students attending Wright State University’s Lake Campus in Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Ohio, and Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Reynolds operates a major facility at both locations.

The scholarship program is administered on behalf of Reynolds by Scholarship America, which is an independent firm that reviews and selects the recipients based on academic merit and school and community involvement.