ALEXANDRIA, Va. – How can you encourage promising young workers to make convenience retailing their career? By recognizing these rising industry leaders by nominating them for a scholarship through the NACS Foundation.
The deadline has been extended until June 9 for retailers to invest in the development of their employees who show leadership potential—one of the smartest business decisions you can make. Many of today’s convenience industry leaders got their start at the store level. Through hard work and a commitment to learning, these individuals followed their career paths to positions of senior leadership. The NACS Scholarship Program makes it possible for retailers to help support this journey.
The NACS Scholarship Program was established in 1991 to honor industry icons Jim Yates and David Erikson by providing a means for retail members to recognize, reward and develop top talent within their companies by investing in their employees’ education and excellence. Since then, the program has awarded more than $400,000 in the form of scholarships to NACS retail member company employees who demonstrate leadership potential.
Each year, the NACS Foundation distributes up to 11 scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to selected applicants for tuition costs toward undergraduate career education, community college or university. In addition, the 2017 scholarship recipients will also receive a stipend to attend this year’s NACS Show in Chicago on October 17-20, where they will be recognized during a special evening ceremony and given a firsthand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry.
The program is designed for college and university students—rising leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential within the convenience channel. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be current full- or part-time employees of a NACS retail member company and must also be enrolled for the fall 2017 semester at any accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical institution, and continue to be enrolled for the entire school year (2017-18). See how the scholarships have helped past winners achieve their professional and personal dreams in this video.
Companies may nominate multiple applicants for scholarships. The deadline to submit applications for the 2017-18 NACS Scholarship has been extended to Friday, June 9. Award winners will be notified on or before June 30. Read more about the NACS Scholarship Program and download an application here.