NACS Recognizes 2013 Scholarship Winners

NACS scholarship winners were recognized during a reception in their honor on Monday, October 14, at the NACS Show.

The NACS Scholarship Program, created in memory of Jim Yates and David Erickson, recognizes those who are taking a similar path toward industry leadership through hard work, a commitment to learning, and the potential and determination to influence the industry’s future.

The 2013 scholarship winners are:

  • Tiffany Payne, Wallis Companies (Cuba, MO)
  • Christine Reich, Quick Chek Corporation (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
  • Sarah Audry Mahan, CEFCO Convenience Stores (Temple, TX) (previous winner)
  • Megan Scotton, Stripes LLC (Corpus Christi, TX) (previous winner)
  • Nicole Dilger, Turkey Hill Minit Markets a div. of The Kroger Co. (Lancaster, PA)
  • Kristen Pope, Murphy Oil USA Inc. (El Dorado, AR)
  • Ruth Kee, Wag-A-Bag Inc. (Round Rock, TX)
  • Joseph Russo, Quick Chek Corporation (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
  • Taedeen Stanley, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
  • Derek Trout, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Jared Jensen, Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN)

NACS established the scholarship program in 1999 in memory of Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores and 1992-1993 NACS chairman. In 2011, a founding donation from Altria in the name of David Erickson, former CEO of Erickson Oil Products, was created.

Winners receive $3,000 toward the costs of undergraduate career education — community college or university. The scholarship also provides travel, attendance and lodging at the NACS Show.

To be considered for the award, applicants must be employees of a NACS retail member company. They also must be enrolled in undergraduate academic study. Scholarships are one-year awards. Recipients may re-apply each year, for up to four years if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

The Convenience Store Foundation for Education and Research funds the scholarship program. To make a corporate or individual donation at any time, please visit

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