Most promising retail talent receive $25,000 in scholarships to further their education
TORONTO, June 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Seventeen post-secondary students received $1,000 each as part of Retail Council of Canada'sRetail as a Career Scholarship program. In addition the $1,000 award, there were also a $5,000 scholarship funded by Interac Corp and a $3,000 scholarship funded by Retail Council of Canada.
Now in its 15th year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded almost $900,000 in scholarship and award benefits. Applicants are evaluated by retail industry experts on academic performance, professional references, and a personal essay.
"This year's Retail as a Career Scholarship recipients excelled in their academic performance, professional references and personal essays where they shared their perspective about the future of retail. Retail in Canada is in good hands if we can continue to nurture these students' passion and desire to make a positive impact," said Diane J. Brisebois, Retail Council of Canada's President and CEO. Added Ms. Brisebois, "And, as the largest private sector employer supporting the Canadian economy, a career in retail is an amazing opportunity for the best and brightest to lead and grow".
In addition to the monetary prizes, this year's finalists received an all-access pass, travel and accommodation to RCC STORE 2018 Conference, which broke all records this year as Canada's biggest retail conference.
The 2018 corporate sponsors to the Retail as a Career Scholarship fund are:
Ardene Holdings Inc.
Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
JRoss Retail Recruiters
Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
Staples Canada, Inc.
The Home Depot Canada
Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd.
The 2018 Retail as a Career Scholarship finalists are:
Alison Schouten Running Free Sports Wilfrid Laurier University Bachelor of Business Administration and Financial Mathematics
Breanna Sharpe On the Border Bakeshop Lakeland College School of Business -Marketing
Brandon Ngo Lindt Chocolate Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Business Administration
Connor Combdon * TJX Canada University of Ontario Institute of Technology Bachelor of Commerce *Conner also received the $5,000 scholarship funded by Interac Corp.
Emma Todd American Eagle Outfitters Sheridan College Honours Bachelor of Film and Television
Hannah Russell Medi-Centre Pharmacy British Columbia Institute of Technology Marketing Management - Marketing Communications Option
Kelsey McHugh ** Ardene Holdings Inc. Queen's University Bachelor of Commerce ** Kelsey also received the $3,000 scholarship funded by Retail Council of Canada
Kristy Wong Michaels Stores, Inc. University of Calgary Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts: Marketing
Lisa Nguyen Mark's University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management- Marketing
Maya Purcell Road & Ribbon Inc. Université Laval Maîtrise en administration des affaires
Michelle Regalado Clara Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd Fanshawe College Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting
Mikayla Haynes Starbucks Coffee Canada Langara College Commerce and Business Studies
Natasha Baluta Plato's Closet Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce - Business Management
Paige Forrest Algonquin Outfitters University of Ottawa Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Marketing
Shin Pyo Hong Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd Kwantlen Polytechnic University Accounting: Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Tanisha Kotowich Frank + Oak University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce
Taylor Bryson Staples Canada, Inc. Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Graphic Communications and Print Technologies
About Retail Council of Canada: Retail is Canada's largest employer with 2.1 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates over $76 billion in wages and employee benefits. Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were $369 billion in 2017. Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association that represents small, medium and large retail businesses in every community across the country. As the Voice of Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants. RetailCouncil.org
SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
For further information: Branka Stavric, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, [email protected], 416.467.3772, Retail Council of Canada, RetailCouncil.org