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STORE 2013 RETAIL AS A CAREER

CELEBRATING AND SUPPORTING
TOMORROW’S RETAIL TALENT
10th annual edition of RCC's Retail as a Career Scholarship
program recognizes tomorrow's industry leaders
BY ANDREW HIND
EDUCATION is a foundational stepping stone in a successful ship, and a single individual is honoured with the
retail career, and a highly educated workforce is vital to en- $5,000 Interac Association Scholarship. Universuring Canada retailers remain competitive in an increasingly sity is expensive, and juggling studies with emglobally integrated retail industry. The Canadian Retail Insti- ployment is challenging at the best of times. As
tute (CRI), the educational arm of Retail Council of Canada a result, the financial assistance that comes with
(RCC), recognizes this and has implemented numerous initia- the scholarship is welcomed by all who win. But
tives designed to elevate retail education across our nation.
it’s about more than money for these students.
Perhaps the most important of these initiatives is the awarding of annual Retail as a Career “It pushes you to achieve more because you
(RAAC) Scholarships to worthy applicants, a know eyes all over the industry are watching it.
program that is celebrating its 10th anniversary It’s really motivational.”
this year. Every year since 2003, Retail Council
— NAILA ABBASOVA
of Canada, in partnership with industry sponPrevious Interac $5000 Scholarship Winner
sors, has awarded more than $85,000 in scholarships and benefits to students entering or currently enrolled in
“The financial assistance is great, but for me
a business, marketing or retail-related program at a Canadian personally I valued the recognition for balanpost-secondary institution. Being recognized by industry pro- cing academic achievement with excellence at
fessionals in this manner represents an important milestone work,” explains Jessica Tufnell, another 2013
in a young retail career.
scholarship winner. Tufnell, who has natural
“It's truly a once in lifetime experience, a great honour, and leadership ability (she’s been a front-end superan incredible opportunity,” enthuses Hannah Marvin, one of visor at Loblaw’s since she was 16 years old), has
the 2013 crop of scholarship winners and currently a student just graduated high school and is embarking on
at the University of Alberta majoring in marketing and min- studies at Western University where she hopes
oring in retail services.
to achieve a CA designation.

Winners’ criteria

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Benefits and support

To be considered for one of the scholarships, applicants must
meet the following criteria: enrolled full-time or part-time at a
Canadian college or university pursuing a retail, business or
marketing-related program, and in addition must currently be
working part-time or full-time within the retail industry. Applicants must also provide a reference letter from their current
employer that outlines how the applicant has demonstrated
commitment to the retail industry and ways in which he or she
has set themselves apart from their peers.
Finally, an applicant must provide a brief essay expounding
their views on the attributes a great leader possesses and what
skills are required to be successful in this industry. Building on
these views, the essay must then explain what skills the applicant believes they possess that will make them a great leader,
and how their educational pursuits will further prepare them to
be at the forefront of the future generation of retail leaders. Applications are reviewed by a panel of retail industry experts.
25 applicants are awarded a $1,000 Industry-Sponsored Scholar-

Naila Abbasova, a previous Interac $5000
Scholarship winner, has a similar view. “The
money that came with the scholarship helped
me get through my undergraduate degree by
helping me pay off my debt, but more importantly it also allowed me to be proud of what
I was doing and what I had accomplished.
It pushes you to achieve more because you
know eyes all over the industry are watching
it. It’s really motivational.”
Students who receive the scholarships not
only benefit from financial assistance for their
post-secondary education, but also have all hotel and travel expenses paid for to attend RCC’s
STORE Conference, the Canadian retail industry’s premier annual conference. Here, students
have the opportunity to engage with the brightest professionals in the Canadian retail indus-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Store 2013

PUBLISHER’S DESK
RETAIL CURRENTS
RETAIL: AT ISSUE
STORE 2013—EVOLUTION OF RETAIL
AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
EXCELLENCE IN RETAIL AWARDS
CONFERENCE INSIGHTS
RETAIL AS A CAREER SCHOLARSHIPS
LIBRIS AWARDS
GRAND PRIX AWARDS
TABLETS CHANGING THE RETAIL EXPERIENCE
MYSTORE AS UNIQUE AS MY STORE
RETAIL COUNCIL OF CANADA—CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF RETAIL INSPIRATION, INNOVATION AND GROWTH
50 YEARS STRONG: MOMENTOUS MOMENTS IN RECENT CANADIAN RETAILING HISTORY
STANDING UP FOR RETAILERS’ RIGHTS
CANADIAN E-COMMERCE INNOVATORS: THINKING OUTSIDE THE STORE
THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
RETAIL QUICK TIPS
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - RETAIL CURRENTS
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - RETAIL: AT ISSUE
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - STORE 2013—EVOLUTION OF RETAIL
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - TABLETS CHANGING THE RETAIL EXPERIENCE
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - MYSTORE AS UNIQUE AS MY STORE
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - RETAIL COUNCIL OF CANADA—CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF RETAIL INSPIRATION, INNOVATION AND GROWTH
Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - 50 YEARS STRONG: MOMENTOUS MOMENTS IN RECENT CANADIAN RETAILING HISTORY
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - CANADIAN E-COMMERCE INNOVATORS: THINKING OUTSIDE THE STORE
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Canadian Retailer - Store 2013 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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