We all know the importance of a well-educated workforce and the c-store landscape is certainly no exception. The National Advisory Group (NAG) scholarship fund was developed to help qualified individuals offset some of these costs. Among NAG’s core mission is to help to cultivate and groom the convenience store leaders of tomorrow.
In keeping with that theme, NAG created this scholarship fund for employees and children of NAG member companies. In 2018, NAG awarded 6 scholarships to qualified students totaling more than $7,500.
The NAG Scholarship Fund is managed by the NAG Board of Directors, Convenience Store Decisions and Scholarship America, and sponsored by the retailer and supplier members of NAG. This program was started in the late 1990’s and has distributed more than 100 scholarships totaling more nearly $112,000 to deserving students. The fund is financed through annual dues collections by NAG members and drives from golf outings and conference sponsorship allocations.
Applicants who work in the c-store industry must be employees or children of employees who have a minimum of one-year employment with a NAG member company. Applicants must plan to enroll in a full- or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Applicants who are current students or who have attended school within the past three years must have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Due to the generous contributions of NAG’s dues-paying members, we have increased the number of winners to five and have a healthy scholarship fund to ensure the college-age children of NAG member companies will receive financial assistance to pursue their goals of becoming the leaders of tomorrow. The program utilizes standard Scholarship America recipient selection procedures, including past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and an outside appraisal.
This year, five awards of $1,000 will be granted. Awards are not renewable, though students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.
We hope you’re able to take advantage of this program by becoming a member of NAG. For more information on both the scholarship and the association, please visit www.nagconvenience.com. And please be sure to mark your calendar for the 2019 NAG Conference in Minneapolis, Sept. 8-11.
Should you have any questions, contact NAG Executive Director John Lofstock at (201) 321-5642 or via email at [email protected]. For information about Scholarship America, contact program manager Rite Gibbs at [email protected] or (507) 931-0542.