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The National Association of Convenience Stores selects 11 college students as recipients of $3,000 NACS Scholarship

LAS VEGAS, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) recoignized11 college students who were selected as recipients of a $3,000 NACS Scholarship from the Convenience Store Foundation for Education and Research.

In addition to the $3,000 scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend this year’s NACS Show in Las Vegas, where they were recognized during a ceremony on Thursday, October 9.

Students were nominated by a company official within their organization for academic excellence, leadership and a passion for convenience and fuel retailing. The 2014-2015 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

•      Dawn Carmichael, store leader, QuickChek Corporation
•      Noah Cotton, information systems intern, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
•      Carolina Goyn, store manager, Loaf ‘N Jug
•      Brandi King, transportation administrator, Wallis Companies
•      Tina McCoy, sales associate, Sheetz Inc.
•      Tiffany Payne, executive administrator, Wallis Companies
•      Joel Ortiz Galvez, manager, The Spinx Company Inc.
•      Allison Ouellette, enthusiasm engineer, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World
•      Yvette Ocampo, advisor II lead, Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems
•      Derek Trout, shift leader, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World
•      Geneva Soule, finance associate, QuickChek Corporation

Through its Convenience Store Foundation for Education and Research, NACS helps its retail members recognize and develop future convenience store industry leaders through the NACS Scholarship Program, which was established in 1999 to honor 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.

Now in its 15th year, the NACS Scholarship Program continues to provide a way for NACS retail members to recognize, reward and inspire top talent within their companies by investing in their employees’ education and excellence.


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

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