Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients announced

Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients announced


NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The most prestigious award in high school athletics has named Soleil Gaylord, a Mountain Runner from Colorado, and Jackson Destine, a Wrestler from Florida, as National Winners of Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship. Chosen from high school seniors at more than 30,000 schools around the country, Soleil and Jackson will take home a $10,000 college scholarship.

“The outstanding commitment, perseverance and compassion Soleil and Jackson possess is remarkable,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “We’re honored to welcome these two students into the Wendy’s family and are so proud of all their achievements.”

Female Winner
Soleil Gaylord, Telluride High School
Telluride, CO

Surmounting any obstacle, she faces is a way of life for Soleil Gaylord. At 6’1″, her height presents challenges when it comes to running, but she has made “Tall Is Strong” her mantra. Soleil has won five state track and field titles, two state cross country titles, competed in the World Mountain Running Championships three times, became a World Champion snowshoe runner, and was named a Colorado Sportswoman of the year. She has also overcome selective mutism, and today she speaks out loud and clear in many capacities. Soleil is Student Body President, an Ambassador for American Trail Running, hosts her own radio show and regularly presents to her town government about a native species garden that she designed and maintains for the community.

Male Winner
Jackson Destine, Atlantic High School
Delray Beach, FL

Jackson Destine is proof that life’s circumstances do not define a person; grit and determination do. Despite a challenging upbringing, Jackson finds ways to pursue a bright future. When a lack of discretionary income threatened his ability to keep playing sports, Jackson started his own candy business to raise money for the athletic fees. He has set fifteen school records in three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and working twenty hours a week to help his grandmother with bills. Jackson also composes original raps with a powerful message: All teens have choices, even if they are growing up in tough environments. He wrote his school’s official song and a song for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Math Nation program, and he has performed both in front of the school board and local media.

Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have honored more than 650,000 of the nation’s most esteemed student-athletes since the two partnered in 1994. Year after year, they celebrate those students who exemplify the common set of values they share, wherein going above and beyond is the norm. Wendy’s Heisman aims to profile the stories of these outstanding students as a way to inspire the tomorrow’s senior class. Overall, one hundred students will receive a total of $150,000 in scholarships, with National Finalist each receiving $5,000 and the National Winners receiving $10,000.

The other eight Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalists are:

Name Gender High School City State
Audrey Ernst Female St. Charles North High School St. Charles Illinois
Karsten Householder Male Chaparral High School Scottsdale Arizona
Wells Johnstone Female Madison Academic Magnet High School Jackson Tennessee
Ian McGrory Male Queen Anne’s County High School Centreville Maryland
Natalie MacEwan Female El Camino Real Charter High School Woodland Hills California
Brendan Siefker Male Ottoville High School Ottoville Ohio
Laura Murphy Female East Greenwich High School East Greenwich Rhode Island
Brandon Staple Male Longmont High School Longmont Colorado

For more information about the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman and the National Winners and National Finalist, as well as to view photos, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.

About Wendy’s High School Heisman

Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Twenty-three years later, Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

About Wendy’s

The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

The Wendy’s name and design and the Wendy’s High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC.  The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

Bry Roth

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company


NACS selected 11 college students as recipients of a $3,000 scholarship

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) recognized 11 college students who were selected as recipients of a $3,000 scholarship, awarded by the NACS Scholarship Program.

In addition to the scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, October 11–14, where they were recognized during a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 13, and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry. Each student was nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing.

The 2015–16 NACS Scholarship recipients, each of whom is currently employed with a NACS retail member company, are:

  • Matthew Brien, Delta Technician & Customer Advisor, Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems Inc.
  • Gregory Campbell, Sales Associate, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.
  • Sahara Dickinson, Sales Associate, Sheetz, Inc
  • Briana Dolechek, Cashier, The Hub Convenience Store
  • Matthew Hamrick, Pharmacy Technician, Giant Eagle
  • Shannon Hurley, IT Coordinator, Cenex Zip Trip (CHS Inc.)
  • Michael Jones, District Leader–Indianapolis Market, GetGo/Giant Eagle
  • Kevin Kautzman, District Supervisor–Staffing & Training Manager, Kum & Go
  • Loretta Kennis, Quality Assurance Field Specialist, Sheetz, Inc
  • Gyasi McClarence, Point of Sale Analyst, Cumberland Farms Gulf Group
  • Derek Trout, Shift Leader, Bobby and Steve’s Auto World

The NACS Scholarship Program helps NACS retail members recognize and develop future convenience store industry leaders. The program 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 16th 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 (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

The Defense Commissary Agency: 700 students of military families to receive scholarship this year thanks to 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven hundred students of military families will each receive a $2,000 scholarship this year thanks to the 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program.

The scholarship, created in 2001, recognizes the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrates the commissary’s role in enhancing military quality of life.

“The scholarship program helps improve educational opportunities for military children,” said Marye Carr, Defense Commissary Agency liaison for the program. “And, at DeCA we are proud to be a small part of honoring the best and the brightest young students in our military communities.”

No government funds are used to support the program. DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers – and the general public donate money to fund the program, and every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships.

“I’ve always been amazed and impressed with the intelligence, the creativity and the dedication, the pursuit of scholastic excellence shown by these students,” said Michael J. Dowling, DeCA deputy director and COO.

“Our stores host awards ceremonies for scholarship recipients,” Dowling added, “and we all recognize the support of the many folks – our industry partners and the Fisher House Foundation – for making the scholarship possible.” The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families.

“The competition among applicants was keen,” said Fisher House Foundation Vice President Jim Weiskopf. “Those who were selected had excellent grades, had leadership positions in school extracurricular activities and were active volunteers in their communities. Some had full-time or part-time work experience. All wrote thoughtful, well-researched essays.”

Four thousand applications were submitted for this year’s scholarships. The number of scholarship awards each year is based on funds available, but the program awards at least $2,000 at each military commissary. If there are no eligible applicants from a given commissary, the funds designated for that commissary are awarded as an additional scholarship at a different store.

Planning for next year’s program is underway, and an announcement of open dates to apply is usually made in the fall. “For the coming year’s scholarship program, we will remind students the program is open with banners at commissary entrances,” said Carr.

Applications will be available in commissaries worldwide and online at www.militaryscholar.org. To apply for a scholarship, a student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if already enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card.

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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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