NGA Foundation announces scholarship recipients for 2017-2018 academic year

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today  (August 23, 2017) awarded up to $73,000 in scholarship funding to 16 students pursuing a career in the grocery industry for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“One of the most important missions we have is preparing today’s students for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director of the NGA Foundation. “There’s no doubt that each of these students will bring as much talent, drive, and passion to the industry as they do to their schoolwork.”

“No one knows better than independent grocers how fiercely competitive the supermarket industry is,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “With this new crop of torchbearers, independent supermarkets will be stocked with leaders ready to help the industry face new challenges and competitive marketplace shifts head on.”

Since 1990, the NGA Foundation has provided over $1 million in scholarships to students preparing for careers in the grocery industry.

The NGA Foundation’s scholarship recipients are:

The Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholarship ($2,500 for up to four semesters) was awarded to Chad Villanueva, who works at The Save Mart Companies (FoodMaxx #487) and is pursuing a degree in business management at Fresno Pacific University. The scholarship is given each year to an outstanding applicant pursuing a career with a focus on the independent retailers and wholesaler sector.

The Asparagus Club Scholarship ($2,000 for up to four semesters) recipients include Nolan Hickley, who works at Hy-Vee, Inc. and is pursuing a degree in supply chain management from Iowa State University; Margaret Schnaufer, who works at Fareway Stores and is pursuing a degree in finance and management from Iowa State University; Denise Malkoon, who works at Peanut Butter Americano, LLC and is pursuing a degree in entrepreneurial student mentorship in higher education at Arizona State University; Cara Mahon, who works at Associated Wholesale Grocers and is pursuing a degree in interactive media and strategic planning at the University of Missouri; and Lauren Hillsburg, who works at Hormel Corporation and is pursuing a degree in food and CPG marketing at Western Michigan University.

The Bob Richardson Scholarship ($1,000 annual) was awarded to George Denny, who works at K-VA-T Food City and is pursuing a degree in exercise science at Buena Vista University.

The Charlie and Becky Bray Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to John Schneidenbach, who works at SpartanNash Company and is pursuing a degree in food and CPG marketing at Western Michigan University.

The First Data Technology Scholarship ($2,500 annual) recipients include Ryan Sobolik, who works at Valley Markets, Inc. dba Hugo’s and is pursuing a degree in accounting at the University of Mary, and Travis Stinson, who works at Brookshire Grocery Company and is pursuing a masters in business administration and industrial management from the University of Texas at Tyler.

The first-ever FMS Scholarship ($3,000 annual) was awarded to David Rosen, who works at Vincente Foods and is pursuing a masters in business administration from the University of LaVerne.

The Kimberly-Clark Corp. Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to Mikaela Campbell-Magana, who works at K-VA-T Food City and is pursuing a degree in business administration at King University.

The Mondelēz International Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to Chad Villanueva in addition to the Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholarship.

The Peter and Jody Larkin Scholarship ($2,500 annual) was awarded to Emily Mufich, who works at Unified Grocers, Inc. and is pursuing a degree in organizational leadership at Point Lorna Nazarene University.

The Roger Collins Scholarship ($1,000 annual) was awarded to Lindsey Oettel, who works the University of Illinois and is pursuing a degree in food science and human nutrition at the university.

The Women Grocers of America (WGA) Mary Macey Scholarship ($1,500 annual) recipients include Katie Bridge, who works at Roche Brothers Supermarkets and is pursuing a degree in business marketing at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, and Sarah Carpenter, who works at Acosta and is pursuing a degree in marketing at Western Michigan University.

Source: National Grocers Association (NGA)

NGA Research and Education Foundation announces scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic school year

Las Vegas, NV, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Feb 12, 2017), the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation) recognized scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic school year at a brunch in support of the NGA Foundation, sponsored by Chobani. The NGA Foundation brunch was held at the National Grocers Association’s annual convention, The NGA Show.

“The NGA Research and Education Foundation has accomplished a lot in its twenty-five years of service, but I know we can do more,” said Elizabeth Crocker, vice president and executive director of the NGA Research and Education Foundation. “I look forward to refocusing our energy and putting more resources toward serving the Foundation’s mission of recruiting, training, and retaining new talent for our industry.”

“It’s critically important to give back and invest in our industry’s next generation of leaders,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO.  “These impressive students are our leaders of tomorrow, and we must do what we can to encourage them to enter and thrive in the independent supermarket industry.”

The mission of the NGA Foundation is to help the independent grocer attract and retail top talent, develop future leaders and become an employer of choice for college graduates. The Foundation’s scholarship program would not be possible without the support and generous contributions from various partners within the independent supermarket industry. Scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 academic school year are listed below:

2016/2017 NGA Research and Education Foundation Scholarships:

The Charlie and Becky Bray Scholarship was awarded to Jacob Crowell, a current student at Western Michigan University. He is pursuing a degree in Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing.

The Roger Collins Scholarship was awarded to Michael Navarro, who is currently working on his degree in Business/Food Management from Arizona State University.

The First Data Technology Scholarship recipients are Jennifer Bell and David Rosen. Bell is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is pursuing a degree in Learning Technologies, and Rosen is working on his MBA at the University of La Verne.

The Kimberly-Clark Corp. Scholarship was awarded to Antonio Scelfo, who is currently pursuing his degree in Finance from Notre Dame University.

The Peter and Jody Larkin Scholarship was awarded to Dusty Longoria, who is working on a degree in Business Management from the University of North Texas.

The Mondelēz International Scholarship was awarded to Michael Standeven, a current student at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is working on a degree in Computer Science.

The Bob Richardson Scholarship was awarded to Sadie Brumfield, who is attending East Tennessee State University, pursing a degree in Business.

Asparagus Scholarships Recipients:

Victoria Conlon is pursuing her degree in Marketing Analytics at Vanderbilt University.

Jason Forrester is currently attending Colorado Technical University, where he is working on his MBA.

Kevin Halcomb is studying Business Administration at the King University.

Crystal Siemers-Peterman is attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for her degree in Agriculture and Food Business Management.

Michelle Turner is attending the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she is working on her MBA.

Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Recipient:

Dusty Longoria is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at the University of North Texas.

The Thomas K. Zaucha scholarship is given each year to an outstanding applicant who is pursuing a career in the grocery industry particularly focused on the independent retailer and wholesaler sector.

Women Grocers of America (WGA) Mary Macey Scholarship Recipients:

Jensen Lewis is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at William Jessup University.

Dusty Longoria is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at the University of North Texas.

Adam Peterson is attending Western Michigan University, where he is pursuing his degree in Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA