Scholarships awarded by the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation (RCA)

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RALEIGH — Fifty students will receive financial support from the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation as they arrive on college campuses in the fall, including one from Hamptonville.

Megan Hampton of Hamptonville is the recipient of a Retail Scholarship of Excellence, with sponsoring retailer Dollar General. Hampton plans to attend Catawba College.

The NC Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) (, a nonprofit trade association, and its grocery division, the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) (, are helping college students pursue their career dreams. The two organizations, through the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation (RCA), will give away $125,000 in scholarships this year for the 2017 fall semester.

“Retail accounts for one out of every four jobs, and not all of these jobs are behind a cash register,” said NCRMA President and General Counsel Andy Ellen. “Retail powers North Carolina’s economy with both large and small employers, supporting over 600,000 jobs at headquarters and distribution centers. Retail also collaborates with education initiatives to reach common goals, including a strong and sustainable job market driven by competitive innovation. By supporting higher education goals, we can connect students to opportunities in the economy.”

The awards were offered to high school and college students that work in the retail industry or whose parents work in the retail industry. For more information on the scholarship program’s application requirements, go to:

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