Invest in Tomorrow’s Leaders

NACS scholarship program helps retailers retain, reward and develop the next generation of superstars.

February 22, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—NACS is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021–22 NACS Foundation Future Fund Scholarship Program. Established in 1991, this valuable program recognizes and supports convenience store employees who demonstrate the potential and the determination to someday hold positions of senior leadership in the industry.

The Future Fund, one of the NACS Foundation’s five signature program areas, serves to fund the development and growth of convenience store employees by investing in their education with the industry’s support. Each year, the NACS Foundation distributes up to 11 scholarships toward undergraduate career education at a community college or university. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to NACS retail member company employees.

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 2021 NACS Show in Chicago (October 5-8, 2021), where they will be recognized during a special evening ceremony and given a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the exciting career paths in the convenience industry.

The program’s commitment to recognizing and developing future leaders honors the memory of industry icon Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores and former NACS chairman from 1992–93. In 2011, a donation from Altria expanded the program to include honoring the memory of David Erickson, former CEO of Erickson Oil Products.

Since its creation, the NACS Scholarship Program has awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarships to employees of NACS retail member companies who demonstrate leadership potential. Now through June 7, you can help recognize a rising leader within your company. Visit the NACS Scholarship Program page for more information, including eligibility and how to apply.