Propelling Tomorrow’s Leaders

The NACS Foundation has a legacy of providing scholarships for convenience industry employees and their family members to help develop the next generation of leaders within our channel.

The focus of the Future Fund program is to develop and propel brighter futures for tomorrow's industry leaders through initiatives like our annual scholarship.

The NACS Foundation Scholarship

One of the initiatives under our Future Fund program is the NACS Foundation Scholarship. This serves to fund the development and growth of convenience store employees and their family members by investing in their education with our industry’s support.

Many of our convenience industry leaders began at the store level. Through hard work and commitment to learning, these employees followed career paths to senior leadership positions. Since 1994, the NACS Foundation Scholarship has provided convenience and fuel retailers a way to retain, reward, and develop the next generation of industry innovators within their companies.

The scholarship application submission period for 2023-2024 is now open.

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Convenience cares about tomorrow's industry leaders. Convenience store employees serve their communities, and we feel it's important to invest in these future leaders. Helping to fund the education of convenience store employees propels the industry forward with strong leadership.

For nearly 30 years, NACS Foundation has provided scholarships to convenience channel employees to fuel the next generation's industry leaders.

Honor Industry Icons

THe NACS Foundation Scholarship honors Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores, former NACS Chairman of the Board, and a pioneer in the industry. In 1999, Altria Distribution Group's donation expanded the program to honor David Erickson, former CEO of Erickson Oil Products.

Scholarship recipients receive $3,000 to cover undergraduate or community college tuition costs.

Annual NACS Foundation Scholarship Reception

Scholarship recipients also receive a stipend to attend the NACS Show–the only global event for all things convenience–where they will be recognized among retail leaders during a special evening ceremony and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry.

Since its inception, the NACS Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to NACS retail member employees.

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