Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the NAMA Foundation is proud to offer scholarships to support workforce development in the convenience services industry.

NAMA Scholars Program

Application Deadline: August 1, 20182018 Application

2018 Application available NOW.



In support of NAMA’s goal to be the premier knowledge source for the convenience services industry, the NAMA Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship program designed exclusively for senior-level NAMA members and their employees interested in broadening their industry knowledge and leadership skills through NAMA’s education programs.

Each year, the Foundation will awards three (3) scholarships to the NAMA Executive Development Program (EDP) at Michigan State University. This year, the Foundation has collaborated with NAMA’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) to add a fourth scholarship exclusively awarded to an ELM member.

Designed to help emerging leaders to think like the CEO/Owner and to move a company to the next level in the competitive marketplace, EDP will also provide attendees with techniques for growing business revenue, solving complex business problems and enhancing personal leadership skills.

Scholarships cover program registration fees and provide a stipend to help cover attendee travel expenses.

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Eligibility Requirements   

  • Applicants must be an aspiring leader and have been involved in the convenience service industry for 5 or more years.
  • Must be a full-time employee of a NAMA member company in good standing.
  • Applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from his/her manager.

2017 NAMA Scholar Recipients

  • ELN Scholar – Shane Prebenda, Cantaloupe Systems
  • Stephanie Kull, Vendors Exchange International
  • Lori Puri, Corporate Essentials
  • Devin Smith, All Star Services, Inc.
  • Bruce Burch, Jackson Brothers of the South

2017 NAMA Scholars
2017 NAMA Scholars


Scholarship Application

Dan Mathews Scholarship

The NAMA Show Application Deadline: TBD

CTW Application Deadline: August 15, 2018


Dan Mathews headshot alt Background

NAMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Mathews retired in June of 2017. To honor his many contributions to NAMA and the convenience services industry over his 18 years of service, the NAMA Foundation has established the Dan Mathews Scholarship to carry on his legacy for generations to come.

Dan's wide-ranging legacy at NAMA includes our 16-year partnership with Michigan State University, which offers a NAMA Endowed Professorship and hosts NAMA's prestigious Executive Development Program. Dan was also instrumental in the creation of the OneShow, led the development of micro market products and thought leadership, and helped create the ground-breaking nutrition program FitPick.

Throughout his career at NAMA, Dan has been fiercely passionate about the importance of continuing education for industry professionals, particularly small operators. This dedication to small operators is why these scholarships to CTW and the NAMA Show are specifically for NAMA Operator members with 10 or less employees.

Scholarship Information

Two scholarships will be awarded to attend Coffee, Tea and Water show held Nov. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans. The scholarship includes general registration and $1,000 travel reimbursement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be employed by a member classified as a NAMA Operator with 10 or fewer full-time employees.


The NAMA Show scholarship for 2018 are:

  • M. Gaye Tankersley from Food Service Solutions, LLC
  • Kyle Dunn from Machine Cuisine Vending

2017 Coffee, Tea & Water Dan Mathews Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Jack Brown from ReFresh Facility Services
  • Hans Lutkefedder from Vend Natural Holdings


The NAMA Endowed Professorship

In 1999, the Foundation is embarked on a major initiative - an "Endowed Professorship" at The School of Hospitality Business in the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University (MSU). The MSU Hospitality Program is arguably ranked number 1 or 2 in the United States. The faculty is among the most honored and influential in the world and are sought after as industry consultants.

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The NAMA Endowed Professor will teach vending courses, foster practical research addressing critical vending industry issues and assist NAMA efforts in educating industry managers, executives and owners. Specific benefits to our industry include:

  • Raise the visibility of NAMA and promote the vending industry.
  • Design executive development courses.
  • Initiate a "Better Business Strategic Summit" for operators, manufactures and suppliers.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Coordinate an annual NAMA Lecture Series.
  • Research ways to "de-commodotize" products and increase value.
  • Research strategies to better understand the marketplace and identify new markets.
  • Research technology issues and offer solutions.
  • Publish practical research findings.
  • Established internship opportunities with NAMA members.
  • Serve on NAMA committees and task forces.
  • Advise and assist in upgrading NAMA educational materials and cirriculum design.
  • Provide NAMA member access to expertise in Hospitality Business, Supply.
  • Chain Management, Executive Development and Career Planning and Placement.

In short, MSU will assist NAMA in taking the vending and foodservice industry into the next century, improve the image of the industry overall, educate the industry, raise awareness and benefits of the industry, prepare the next generation of vending leaders and help to increase membership in NAMA.

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