National Scholarship

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Don’t miss the opportunity to submit an essay or a video for the National Scholarship Awards.

PROGRAM OPENS JANUARY 2023

Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 7th, 2023

One National essay/video winner receives $15,000.

Four regional essay/video awards of $3,250 each are awarded as follows:

  • (1) university/college (East)
  • (1) university/college (West)
  • (1) high school (East)
  • (1) high school (West)

To be eligible for the awards:

  1.  Applicants must be Canadian residents studying in Canada.
  2.  Applicants must be enrolled or expected to enrol in a post-secondary program of at least 2 years.
  3.  All Graduating High School Students
  4.  College/University students must be enrolled in at least one more year of study as of the current year.
  5.  Applicants must be working for a current CFIG member (retail, associate, affiliate) or be a family member of an employee of a current CFIG member.
  6.  Only complete applications containing full and accurate information will be considered.
  7.  Plagiarism is an infringement of copyright laws. All essays must be properly referenced.

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One National scholarship winner receives $15,000 – Winner invited to annual Independent Grocer of the Year Gala in Toronto.

Four regional essay awards of $2000 each are awarded as follows:

  • (1)university/college (East)
  • (1)university/college (West)
  • (1) high school (East)
  • (1) high school (West)

Submissions can be made in the format of a 1000 word essay or a video 10 minutes or less.

Benefits to the CFIG member include:

1. A plaque for the Store Sponsor of each scholarship recipient.

2. Personalized assistance with any publicity opportunities.

3. Invitation to accept the National Scholarship sponsorship plaque at Grocery Innovations Canada, 2023.

The winners of the 2022 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!

A special thank you to our Member Services committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

NATIONAL WINNER

Siena Dean (Mike Dean’s Super Food Stores)


WEST

High School: 

Erin Slater (Country Grocer, Royal Oak)

College/University:

Jaime Grimm (IGA)
Halle Andreasen (Body Fuel Organics Inc)
Manvir Samra (Saputo Dairy Products)

EAST

High School:

Lena Kahn (P&G)

College/University: 

Alexandra Arsenault (IGA Coaticook)

The winners of the 2021 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!

A special thank you to our scholarship committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

NATIONAL WINNER

Jillian Ohm (Milverton Foodtown)


WEST

High School: 

Violet Holmes (IGA – Georgia Main)

College/University:

Jaime Grimm (IGA – Georgia Main)
Ziad Zahoui ( Save-on-Foods)

EAST

High School:

Damon Ma (Lassonde)

College/University: 

Daniel Tortis (Longo’s Bros)
Jenna Lee Ralph (Atlantic Grocery Distributors)

East Video Winner

Sydney Hunt (Atlantic Grocery Distributors)

West Video Winner

Tyler Weninger (Save-on-Foods)

 


The winners of the 2020 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!

A special thank you to our scholarship committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

NATIONAL WINNER

Sophie Semeniuk – Member Relation: Save-On-Foods, Edmonton, Alberta


WEST

High School: 

Abbie Good – Member Relation: Save-On-Foods, Red Deer, Alberta

 College/University:

 Allison Detta – Member Relation: Save-On-Foods, Kimberley, British Columbia

 Marina Verones – Member Relation: Save-On-Foods, Coquitlam, British Columbia


EAST

High School:

Emilee Morahan – Member Relation: Smylie’s Your Independent Grocer, Trenton, Ontario

College/University: 

David Shin – Member Relation: Galleria Supermarket-York Mills, Toronto, Ontario

Adam Kouri – Member Relation: Smucker Foods Canada, Markham, Ontario

 


The winners of the 2019 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!

A special thank you to our scholarship committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

NATIONAL WINNER

Alison Victoria Livingstone – Member Relation: Kraft Heinz, Burnaby, British Columbia


WEST

High School:
Kaitlyn Kuzma-Wells – Member Relation: Buy-Low Foods, Port Alberni, British Columbia

College/University:
Jeanette Wu – Member Relation: Save-On-Foods, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Joseph Patrick Hodgson – Member Relation: Save-On-Foods, Summerside, Edmonton, Alberta

EAST

High School:
Jenna Lee Ralph – Member Relation: Atlantic Grocery Distributors, Bay Roberts, NL

College/University:
Raffaele Giuseppe Cramarossa – Member Relation: Loblaw, Brampton, Ontario
Sydney Hunt – Member Relation: Atlantic Grocery Distributors, Bay Roberts, NL

 


2018

The winners of the 2018 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!

A special thank you to our scholarship committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

NATIONAL WINNER

Sonya Zhang – Member Relation: Parmalat Canada

WEST

High School:
Bethany Wilde – Member Relation: Rooster’s Country Marketplace

College/University:
Brogan Beechinor – Member Relation: ConAgra Brands Canada
Gideon Mentie – Member Relation: Freson Bros., Brooks, AB

EAST

High School:
Rosalind Liang – Member Relation: OPAY Inc.

College/University:
Anoosh Butt – Member Relation: Unilever Canada Inc.
Felix Chan – Member Relation: Unilever Canada Inc.


2017

The winners of the 2017 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!

A special thank you to our scholarship committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

NATIONAL WINNER

Megan Brenkel – Member Relation: ConAgra Brands

WEST

College/University:
Emily Haugen – Member Relation: Nesters Market

High School: 
Kelli Weinkauf
Member Relation: J & S Confectionery
Justin Chen – Member Relation: Coalharbour Urban Fare

EAST

High School:
Emma Marchand – Member Relation: PepsiCo Foods Canada

College/University: 
Sarah Alfonsi – 
Member Relation: Sun Valley Market
Hayley Jacobs – Member Relation: Tree of Life Canada


2016

The winners of the 2016 National Scholarship program have been chosen and announced – CFIG congratulates all of the winners!
A special thank you to our scholarship committee for their time and effort in evaluating and deciding on our final winners.

2016 National Scholarship Winner

NATIONAL WINNER

Raffaele Cramarossa of Loblaw Cos. Ltd. ($6000.00)

WEST

High School: Kristen Unrau – $2000.00

Member Relation: Buy-Low Foods

College/University: Nadia Lepak – $ 2000.00

Member Relation: Quality Foods

Brianna Rota – $2000.00

Member Relation: Overwaitea Foods #33

EAST

High School:Taylor Nadine-Petten – $2000.00

Member Relation: Atlantic Grocery Distributors – Powell Group of Companies

College/University: Adam Kouri – $2000.00

Member Relation: Smucker Foods of Canada Corp.

Sarah Anne Alfonsi – $2000.00

Member Relation: Sun Valley Market

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, July 7, 2023


 

Essay/Video – $28,000 in total winnings

Applications MUST include:

  1. A 1,000 word essay or a 10 minute or less video, with proper referencing on the following question: (essays/videos longer will not be judged)
    The ‘quiet resignation’ phase has impacted all industries and labour forces, including grocery. Please provide a minimum of 3 tactics or ideas that both retailers and manufacturers can implement to ensure long term employee loyalty and retention while ensuring they remain committed to product quality and customer service.
  2. A list of academic achievements, awards, and extra-curricular activities.
  3. An official grade transcript of your last completed year. Must MAIL to:
    CFIG
    105 Gordon Baker Rd. Suite #401,
    North York, ON M2H 3P8
  4. A complete application form with all pertinent information properly filled.

* We encourage all applicants to meet with their CFIG contact and ask questions to learn more about the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

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