National Scholarship

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Don’t miss the opportunity to submit entries for the National Scholarship Awards.

One National winner receives $6,000.

Six regional awards of $2000.00 each are awarded as follows: (4)university/college (East & West)– (1) high school in the East– (1) high school in the West.

Deadline for applications is JUNE 15, 2018.

Complete online application form here. 

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 winner receives $6,000 – Winner invited to annual Independent Grocer of the Year Gala in Toronto.

Six regional awards of $2000.00 each are awarded as follows:

  • (4)university/college (East & West)
  • (1) high school in the East
  • (1) high school in the West

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 October 23-24, 2018.

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

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

Applications MUST include:

1. A 1,000 word essay with proper referencing on the following question:

A recent agri-food survey result showed that 51% of employers in the food industry and 67% in agriculture said they have difficulties finding recruits. There is no other industry that has the reach of the food industry – everyone has to eat! – and as many as 20% of grads have worked part time at grocery stores or other retailers. However, the industry continues to struggle to find talent to hire with the turnover rate of part-time grocery workers’ at 9%. 

ESSAY QUESTION:

What are some ways the grocery business (retailers and/or manufacturers) can promote, attract and/or retain talent in the industry? Please provide THREE concrete examples or suggestions that will help attract, recruit and retain a young workforce that is demanding more than a paycheck.

NOTES: Maximum word length: 1,000 words (essays over this limit will not be judged).

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.

Grading score sheet for high school

Grading score sheet for university/college 

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