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NACS Scholarship Program

Tomorrow’s Leaders Are Being Developed Today
Many of the 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.

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
The application period for a 2017-18 NACS Scholarship is now open. The deadline to nominate a NACS retail member company employee and apply for a scholarship is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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




 About the Program


​The NACS Scholarship Program was created 18 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 career education, community college, or college. In addition, scholarship recipients also receive a stipend to attend the 2017 NACS Show in Chicago, Illinois, October 17–20, 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 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 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.

March 2017  2017-18 NACS Scholarship Program period begins in March 2017 
June 1, 2017 Submission period for 2017-18 NACS Scholarship Program ends on June 1, 2017
June 30, 2017 Notification of 2017-18 NACS Scholarship Status
August 2017 First award payment in the amount of $1,500 mailed to 2017-18 NACS Scholarship recipients
October 17-20, 2017 2017 NACS Show in Chicago, Illinois. NACS Scholarship Recipient Awards Ceremony to be held one evening during the show.
December 2017 Second and final award payment in the amount of $1,500 mailed to 2017-18 NACS Scholarship recipients



The NACS Scholarship Program is open to those for whom the following applies for the 2017-18 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 2017 (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 2017-18 NACS Scholarship is Thursday, June 1, 2017.


 Previous Recipients


The 2016-2017 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

  • Matthew Brien, Delta technician and customer advisor, Delta Sonic Car Wash System Inc., NY
  • Daniel Brown, sales associate, Kwik Shop, Inc., a division of The Kroger Co., KS
  • Chelsea Call, category and merchandising specialist, Ricker’s, IN
  • Melissa Callahan, store development administrative coordinator, QuikTrip, OK
  • Noah Cotton, network technician, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., GA
  • Briana Dolechek, shift leader, The Hub Convenience Stores Inc., ND
  • Jeremy Fluegge, guest service coordinator, Kwik Trip Inc., WI
  • Austin Frye, guest services leader, Kwik Trip Inc. #624, WI
  • Matthew Hamrick, pharmacy technician, Giant Eagle, OH
  • Susan Hathcock, training store manager, Clipper Petroleum, GA
  • Jeffery Moreno, retail G/L accountant, Wheels of Convenience Stores, CT