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NEW awards $12,000 to seven scholars

Sunday, August 16, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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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 Foundation.

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 the business."

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, said.

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