Reward Your Rising Leaders

Nominate the next generation of industry innovators for a 2023-2024 scholarship from NACS Foundation.

May 05, 2023

Many of our industry’s leaders began at the store level and followed their career paths to senior executive positions. For more than three decades, the NACS Foundation has been helping these individuals chart a path for a successful career in convenience through higher education.

Each year, the NACS Foundation Future Fund Program awards up to 11 scholarships (valued at $3,000 each) to the industry's best and brightest who are already working in your stores. The $3,000 scholarship helps cover tuition and education expenses. In addition, recipients also receive a stipend to attend the 2023 NACS Show in Atlanta, October 3-6, where they'll be recognized during a special evening ceremony and given an opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths from both a retailer and supplier perspective in our industry.

The scholarship application submission period for 2023-2024 is now open. This year’s scholarship applications must be submitted before Monday, June 5 to be considered.

About the Future Fund
The NACS Foundation Future Fund Program supports convenience store employees who demonstrate the potential and the determination to hold future positions of senior leadership in the industry. Since inception, the program has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to NACS retail members.

At the 2022 NACS Show, six students received a $3,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university in the United States, plus a stipend to attend the Show, where they had a firsthand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry.

The 2022-2023 NACS Foundation Scholarship recipients:

  • Angelina Fox, team member, Heritage’s Dairy Stores; Rowan University
  • Tatiana Landin Garcia, accounts payable coordinator, Nouria Energy Corporation
  • Alexandria Holton, team member, Heritages Dairy Stores; Georgian Court University
  • Jake Manske, operations assistant, Jack’s Companies; University of St. Thomas
  • Matthew McDonnell, detail customer advisor 2, Delta Sonic Car Wash; University of Iowa
  • Abby Scheeler, foodservice, The Hub Convenience Stores; University of Mar

The annual scholarship program is a benefit that can help convenience retailers retain, reward and develop the next generation of industry leaders. To donate to the program or for more information about the 2023-2024 scholarship award, including student eligibility and how to apply, go to