What can I do if my employer refuses to provide a check for a work-funded scholarship?

Question Details: I work at a nursing home. It offers a scholarship to be used for educational purposes. I applied and was offered a scholarship worth $1,500. I signed a letter acknowledging my acceptance of this scholarship. I put my 2 weeks in after signing said document because I am moving to pursue education in a different city. Despite receiving verbal confirmation after acceptance that my departure will not affect the scholarship, my employer has since decided not to award me these funds. They do not cite any violation of the application or signed documentation, only that they "do not feel I should receive them if I am leaving the business". The amount of my scholarship was redistributed to other applicants. There is no language in either the application or acceptance document indicating that employment must continue after acceptance of the scholarship or that acceptance/receipt of the funds is in any way related to employment status. Is it legal for them to withhold scholarship funds offered to and accepted by me if I am not in violation of the agreement? Does this arrangement qualify as a binding agreement?

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