The Association of Convenience Stores has added a top prize to its UK Scholarship scheme which is in its fifth year.

Two UK winners will be judged against winners from Australia, New Zealand and America’s scholarship schemes for two global awards.

Judging will take place in Chicago at the National Association of Convenience Stores convention. Two final winners will attend the NACS leadership assembly in Laguna Niguel, California, in 2004.

ACS chief executive David Rae said: “The leadership convention is a real blue chip event which looks at the sector at a strategic level.”

Entrants to the ACS awards have to produce a 4,000 word thesis on how c-stores should rise to the challenge of changing expectations of their customers.
The ACS has raised the upper age limit for entrants to the scholarships to 32 this year.