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NACS Scholarship Program

Tomorrow’s Leaders Are Being Developed Today
Many of our convenience industry’s leaders got their start at the store level. Through hard work and commitment to learning, these individuals followed the career paths of the industry to positions of senior leadership. Established in 1991, the NACS Scholarship Program provides a way for convenience and fuel retailers to retain, reward and develop the next generation of industry innovators within their companies. Check out last year’s scholarship recipients under the “2017-18 Recipients” tab below.

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2018-19
The application period for a 2018-19 NACS Scholarship is now open. The deadline to nominate a NACS retail member company employee and apply for a scholarship has been extended to Friday, June 15, 2018.

See How You Can Help Inspire Future Leaders
Watch this short clip to see how the NACS Scholarship Program is helping future convenience store leaders achieve their dreams.

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 About the Program


​The NACS Scholarship Program was created nearly 20 years ago, to recognize and support industry employees who demonstrate the potential and the determination to someday hold positions of senior leadership in the industry. The program honors 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.

How it Works
Selected applicants are awarded $3,000 each for costs of undergraduate or college education. In addition, scholarship recipients also receive a stipend to attend the NACS Show, where they will be recognized during a special evening ceremony and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry.

This scholarship is sponsored by the NACS Foundation located at 1600 Duke Street, Suite 700, Alexandria, VA. 22314, the 501(c)(3) education and charitable affiliate of NACS.

Payment of Scholarship Funds
Two separate scholarship checks will be mailed to the recipient's home address, made payable only to the scholarship recipient’s college or university. The first award payment will be issued in August for $1,500 and the second payment of $1,500 will be distributed in December.


February 2018

2018-19 NACS Scholarship Program period opens

June 15, 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submission period for 2018-19 NACS Scholarship Program will close on June 15, 2018

June 29, 2018

Targeted applicant notification date for 2018-19 NACS Scholarship Status

August 2018

​First award payment in the amount of $1,500 mailed to 2018-19 NACS Scholarship recipients

October 7-10, 2018

​2018 NACS Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. NACS Scholarship Recipient Awards Ceremony to be held one evening during the show.

December 2018

​Second and final award payment in the amount of $1,500 mailed to 2018-19 NACS Scholarship recipients




The NACS Scholarship Program is open to those for whom the following applies for the 2018-19 scholarship period:

  • Applicants must be currently employed at a NACS retail member company
  • Applicants must continue working for the nominating company throughout the scholarship period
  • Applicants must be enrolled in/or will be enrolled in undergraduate academic study for fall 2018 (and continue to be enrolled for the full academic year without interruption)
  • Scholarships are one-year awards. Scholarship recipients may re-apply each year, for up to four years, if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements
  • The scholarships will be applied to tuition expenses at any accredited college or university in the United States (awards are only made payable to the scholarship recipient’s college or university). Recipients may transfer from one college to another and retain the award.

Responsibility of Recipients
Scholarship recipients must enroll as full-time or part-time undergraduate college students and must continue in school for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service. Recipients must remain an employee of the NACS member company for the entire period of the award. Scholarship recipients are responsible for making certain that their scholarship checks are delivered to the proper office at their college or university. Students must notify NACS if he or she transfers schools during the school year or if no longer employed by the company.


 How to Apply


To be considered for a scholarship, a candidate must complete an official NACS Scholarship Program application, which consists of the following three parts:

  1. Applicant Data and Questionnaire
  2. An Essay (two pages, maximum)
  3. Nomination Form, to be completed by a supervisory employee / senior official within the company

The deadline to nominate a NACS retail member company employee and apply for a scholarship is Friday, June 1, 2018.


 2017-18 Recipients


The 2017-2018 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

  • Daniel Brown, Sales Associate, Kwik Shop; University of Kansas, KS
  • Austin Buege, Guest Service Associate, RaceTrac; Kennesaw State University, GA
  • Angelina Carrasquillo, Guest Service Leader, Kwik Star (Trip) Inc.; Hawkeye Community College, IA
  • Hubert Celinski, Assistant Manager, Delta Sonic Car Wash; College of DuPag, IL
  • Briana Dolechek, Shift Leader, The Hub Convenience Stores Inc.; Dickinson State University, ND
  • Matthew Hamrick, Pharmacy Intern, Giant Eagle; The Ohio State University, OH
  • Cassie Hulon, General Manager, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.; Collin College, TX
  • Jarrod Morrill, Managing Director, HB Boys LC; Weber State University, UT
  • Baylee Robertson, Office Clerk/Assistant, Diaz LLC (Diaz Markets); Loyola University, LA
  • Karsten Summerall, Project Coordinator, Parker’s Armstrong: State University, GA
  • Carson Tata, Guest Service Associate, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.; Seminole State College, FL