Please note that the date for the Peter Jowett Scholarship and Industry Awards event will now be on Thursday 13th August still being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Please be sure to put this date in your diaries now.

It is not too late for the young upcoming people of our industry to express their interest in participating in the prestigious Peter Jowett Scholarship where there is an opportunity for a retailer and a supplier representative to win a trip to the NACS Show in Las Vegas in October 2015!!

The Peter Jowett Scholarship Award is a unique opportunity for NZACS members to challenge others in New Zealand and internationally in thinking about our industry.

The Peter Jowett Scholarship Competition topic has been determined by the countries participating in the competition namely Canada, Australia, UK and New Zealand.

The 2015 topic is:

“Convenience store consumers are seeking product options that are better or healthier for them. How should C-store retailers approach the sale of these products without losing their core customers?”

Employees from Retailer and Supplier member companies are invited to select candidates between 21 and 36 years of age for the 2015 competition (candidates must be no older than 36 years of age on 31st of May 2015).

The Process:

1. Participants will be required to register their interest by 30 April 2015 by Clicking Here

2. Participants will be required to submit the following by emailing Kathy Faulkner ( no later than 30 June 2015

a. 10 slide PowerPoint presentation (include brief explanation of each slide)

b. An executive summary covering the following:

i. Your plan / idea (what is your idea)
ii. The argument (addressing the topic)
iii. The reasons (how your idea will work)
iv. Summary

c. Presenter biography (e.g. who you are, your career path)

3. Local judges will assess all submissions and select the supplier and retailer finalists. These finalists will present their 12-minute presentation at the Peter Jowett and Industry Awards event scheduled for 13th August 2015 at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

4. The audience of members present will vote on the presentations and select the best supplier and best retailer presentation. Winners will then travel to Las Vegas to take on international finalists at the NACS Show from 11th – 14th October 2015 for the international award. NZACS will cover the cost of flights and accommodation for the duration of the NACS Show. By participating you acknowledge that should you win the Peter Jowett Scholarship, your employer will release you from work obligations to travel to Las Vegas during those NACS Show dates. The prize is non-transferable.

In the past some members have run an internal competition for their staff as a way of selecting their candidates. This is an excellent development program for people working in the convenience channel.

The scoring guidelines for selecting the finalists for the New Zealand competition and the winners of the NACS Global competition are:

> Addresses the question 40%
> Innovative thinking 25%
> Idea could be implemented 20%
> Quality of presentation 15%

We look forward to welcoming our 2015 entrants. To register your interest, please click on the link below:

Peter Jowett Scholarship Interest Registration


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To view the 2014 Peter Jowett Scholarship presentation in the Members Only section Click Here

And don’t forget to diarise 13th AUGUST 2015 as the Scholarship and Industry Awards Event from 4pm onwards.