Employees from Gerland’s of Houston, Texas, and Associated Food Stores of Salt Lake City, Utah, were awarded the Mary Macey Scholarship for 2012 by the Women Grocers of America (WGA). The awards, which are worth up to $1,500 per year for those who are pursuing a career in the independent grocery industry, are aimed at high-achieving students currently employed in the industry.
“This year, we are pleased to say that we received a number of inspiring applications from all over the country,” said Denise Beckman, president of WGA. “The WGA board was not only impressed with the quality of the students preparing for a career in the independent grocery industry but also with the number of independent grocers and wholesaler that were represented.”
In support of the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) mission to recruit and retain the next generation of quality managers and entrepreneurs, the board of directors of Women Grocers of America awarded the 2012 Mary Macey Scholarships to the following students:
• Maira Bermudez of Houston, Texas, is a junior at Lone Star College and currently is majoring in business administration. She works in customer service at Food Town (Gerland Corp.) and has been with the company since 2008.
• Samuel Park of South Jordan, Utah, is in his third year at DeVry University with a major in network systems administration. He currently provides IT support for Associated Food Stores and plans to make his career with Associated once he graduates.
“NGA is proud of its relationship with WGA and is pleased to support their work. It truly reflects the industry’s commitment to students in the next generation that are pursuing a career in the food industry,” said Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO.