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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.

Dan Mathews Scholarship

The NAMA Show Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
CTW Application Deadline: CLOSED FOR 2018

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 The NAMA Show are specifically for NAMA Operator members with 10 or less employees.

Scholarship Information

One scholarship will be awarded to attend The NAMA Show held April 24-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The scholarship includes general registration and travel reimbursement up to $1000.

Eligibility Requirements

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

2018 Recipients

The Coffee, Tea and Water scholarships for 2018 are:

  • David Mynar, Emerald Hills Coffee
  • Shari-Ann Sasu, Let’s Improve! Healthy Vending, LLC

The NAMA Show scholarships for 2018 are:

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

2017 Recipients

The Coffee, Tea and Water scholarships for 2017 are:

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

NAMA Scholars Program

Application Deadline Closed

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.

Scholarship cover program registration and travel reimbursement up to $500.

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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.

2018 NAMA Scholars Recipients

  • Steve Boucher, Compass Group / Canteen
  • Jonathon Holden, All Star Services
  • Ashley Hubler, U-Select-It
  • ELN Scholar - Hans Lutkefedder, Vend Natural Holdings

2017 NAMA Scholars 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

The NAMA Endowed Professorship

In 1999, the Foundation 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.

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.