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 Scholar Application

NAMA Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Extended to July 31, 2017



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   

  • Applicant must currently hold a position of senior-level manager or higher and preferably have been involved in the convenience services 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.

NAMA Scholars Professional Pic
2016 NAMA Scholars Recipients
(from left) Duncan Smith, All Star Services; Ashilyn Sunderman, Smith Vending; and Jack Brown, Eagle USA


Dan Mathews Scholarship Fund

Dan Mathews headshot altNAMA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Mathews, NCE5, CCS, will retire in July after 18 years of service at NAMA—the capstone of a 50-year career in the convenience services industry.

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.

To honor Dan's contributions to NAMA and the convenience services industry, the NAMA Foundation has established the Dan Mathews Scholarship Fund to carry on his legacy for generations to come.

Looking to pay tribute to Dan Mathews on his retirement? Here's your opportunity!

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*Be sure to designate your gift in honor of Dan Mathews.

Send your form with a check to NAMA Foundation,
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60606
*Please specify "Dan Mathews Scholarship Fund" in the memo to ensure your funds are directed accordingly.

Stay tuned for details on how to apply for a Dan Mathews Scholarship in June 2017.


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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