Welch wins college funds through employer
Posted By Sparta Live | May 28, 2013 12:00 am
One local student recently received scholarship money from the Tennessee Grocer’s and Convenience Store Association.
Jesse Welch, a three-year employee of Floyd’s Cash Saver grocery store, was awarded the $1,200 TGCSA Scholarship Award.
“I won the scholarship through my job at Floyd’s here in Sparta,” he told the Expositor.
“I won it my freshman year college — I’m not exactly sure if it’s the same scholarship,” he said. “The Tennessee Grocer’s Association gives out quite a few. But, I was awarded a scholarship from them my freshman year and then just let the date slip up on me for my sophomore year and didn’t apply.
Welch is a student at Tennessee Tech University pursuing a degree in International Business and Cultures.
He is the treasurer of the International Business Association club at TTU. He is also a part of the College of Business Ambassadors.
“We do recruitment for the college of business and meet with different speakers and work a lot of College of Business events put on at Tech,” he explained.
Welch will serve as the president of that club during the next academic year.
He is also involved with two honors societies — Alpha Lamba Delta and Alpha Mu Gamma.
“I’ve been pretty busy,” he said with a laugh.
He will begin his junior year this fall but he is already looking ahead to what his educational future may hold.
He intends to finish his requirements for his bachelor’s degree and is currently contemplating either going for his Masters in Business Administration or attending law school.
“I’m not sure — I’m at a crossroads,” he said.
“I really appreciate that there are people in this economy that are willing to help students and who realize the value of a good education,” Welch said of the award. “It makes me feel really good.”
Welch adds he is proud to win the scholarship not only because of his academic achievements but through the work he’s done for his employer.
Scholarship recipients will be recognized at TGCSA’s annual convention June 15, at the Music City Center in Nashville.
This year, the Tennessee Grocer’s Education Foundation awarded more than 150 scholarships worth $167,500. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $3.1 million in scholarships.
For more information, visit the TGCSA website at www.tngrocer.org.