The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has awarded 11 college students with a $3,000 scholarship, awarded by the NACS Scholarship Program.
In addition to the scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, Oct. 11–14, where they were recognized during a special ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry. Each student was nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing.
The 2015–16 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:
- Matthew Brien, delta technician & customer advisor, Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems Inc.
- Gregory Campbell, sales associate, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
- Sahara Dickinson, sales associate, Sheetz Inc
- Briana Dolechek, cashier, The Hub Convenience Store
- Matthew Hamrick, pharmacy technician, Giant Eagle
- Shannon Hurley, IT coordinator, Cenex Zip Trip (CHS Inc.)
- Michael Jones, district leader–Indianapolis Market, GetGo/Giant Eagle
- Kevin Kautzman, district supervisor–staffing & training manager, Kum & Go
- Loretta Kennis, quality assurance field specialist, Sheetz Inc
- Gyasi McClarence, point of sale analyst, Cumberland Farms Gulf Group
- Derek Trout, shift leader, Bobby and Steve’s Auto World
The NACS Scholarship Program helps NACS retail members recognize and develop future convenience store industry leaders. The program was established in 1999 to honor the memory of industry icon Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores and former NACS chairman. In 2011, a donation from Altria expanded the program to include honoring the memory of David Erickson, former CEO of Erickson Oil Products.
Now in its 16th year, the NACS Scholarship Program continues to provide a way for NACS retail members to recognize, reward and inspire top talent within their companies by investing in their employees’ education and excellence.