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NACS Foundation recognized 11 college students with $3,000 scholarship

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) recognized 11 college students who were selected as recipients of a $3,000 scholarship through the NACS Scholarship Program—one of three signature programs supported by the NACS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The students were nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing. In addition to the $3,000 scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the NACS Show, where they were recognized during a special ceremony on Thursday, October 20.

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

Each year the NACS Foundation distributes up to 11 scholarships through its scholarship program in the amount of $3,000 each for costs toward undergraduate career education at a community college or university. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to NACS retail member company employees.

The NACS Scholarship Program has a long-standing mission to grow today’s top talent into tomorrow’s top performers through continuing education and professional development opportunities. Established in 1991, the NACS Scholarship was created as a vehicle for retailers to recognize, reward and inspire rising leaders within their companies.

To learn more or to contribute to the NACS Scholarship Program, visit

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to

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 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Source: NACS

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