NEW awards $12,000 to seven scholars
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
The Network of Executive
Women has awarded $12,000 in scholarships to seven women pursuing careers in
the retail, consumer goods and services industry. Scholarships for 2015 were
awarded to undergraduate students Kristen Adams, Lauren Eccleston, Caitlyn
Fichtner and Angela McMaster of Saint Joseph's University; Brianna Amat of
Western Michigan University; Alexis Arguello of the University of Arkansas; and Nicolette Schillhahn-Amos
of Arizona State University.
"The Network is proud
to support these women academic scholars and high-performers with a strong
interest in the career opportunities offered by the retail and consumer goods
industry," said Kathy Bayert, NEW vice president of learning and advisory
services. "The early success and passion of young women like our
scholarship recipients bodes well for the future of the industry."
Kristen Adams, a food marketing
major with a minor in business intelligence, has worked at Wegmans Food Markets
for the past four years, interning over the last year. She has earned Wegman's
scholarship, served as assistant philanthropy chair for the Alpha Omicron Pi
sorority (Sigma Beta) at SJU and raised over $2,000 for the Cradles to Crayons
The NEW scholarship means she can pursue her dream career with less
financial stress, she said. "I am working for a Fortune 500 company that I
love, undertaking a job that I could not be more passionate about. I am
dedicated, a hard worker and a woman who loves what she does."
Lauren Eccleston, a senior food marketing major with a minor in communication
studies, serves as President of Administration for SJU's Food Marketing
Association and co-chairs the community relations arm of the school's Hand in
Hand Club. The NEW member interned in sales this past summer with the Kellogg Company.
"I hope to continue to learn, grow and be passionate about the industry as I advance into the next steps of my career," Eccleston says.
Caitlyn Fichtner will graduate in 2017 with a degree in food marketing
and a minor in finance. The Presidential Scholarship recipient serves the
homeless community through SJU's Kairos House and Food Recovery Network Club.
An intern with the Wegmans management intern program, Fichtner is "a bright,
articulate and driven individual," according to vice president of
marketing Tom DiNardo. "We are proud to have her in our management intern
program. She's a model of what this program is built for."
Angela McMaster is a food marketing co-op major who has received SJU's
University Scholarship, Raymond J. Maniaci Scholarship and multiple dean's list
honors. McMaster is the university's Food Marketing Association's vice
president and participates in SJU's Weekly Community Service at St. John's
Hospice. She is a full-time Wegman's employee.
"My goal after graduation is to continue my path with
Wegmans," McMaster said. "They have an amazing work culture and
encourage young leaders to be successful."
Brianna Amat is pursuing a food and
consumer package goods marketing major with a minor in general business. Amat works as a research
assistant in the WMU Haworth College of Business marketing department. She is Haworth's
2015 Trailblazer of the Year and was named one of Glamour Magazine's 21 Amazing
Young Women Under 25 in 2011.
"Not only does she have a perfect 4.0 GPA, she is an outstanding person,
student and leader," WMU Professor Dr. Frank M. Gambino said. "It is
a privilege to have Brianna as a student and I cannot think of a more worthy candidate
to represent the Network of Executive Women."
Supply chain management major Alexis Arguello is an intern in customer
services and logistics at Kraft Food Group. She is an active member in several
campus organizations, including the Chi Omega sisterhood committee, Students of
Retailing Excellence, Women Impacting Supply Excellence and the Council of
Supply Chain Management Professionals.
"It is so exciting to find something that you are passionate about,"
she said. "Within the past year, I have become fascinated with the
consumer packaged goods industry and now I want to learn about every aspect of
Nicolette Schillhahn-Amos is a food industry management major who has
worked for 40 years in the retail industry, 33 of them in the food segment. She
serves as operations coordinator for Fry's Food Stores and is active in the Women's
Associate Resource Group. Schillhahn-Amos has been recognized twice as Fry's
Store Manager of the Year and received the Kroger Community Service Award in
2012 for her work with Saint Mary's Food Bank Alliance. She will graduate from
ASU next year.
"With her educational background and dedication to customer
service, people development and ability to attain positive measurable results,
we have seen each department she has worked in thrive due to her diligence and
work ethic," Sherry Sullivan, division talent manager for Fry's Food Stores,