To honor the memory of our 30-year employee and longtime Vice President of Buying, Mona Williams, The Container Store established the Mona Williams – Women Making a Difference in Retail scholarship in 2012, through Texas A&M’s Center for Retailing Studies.
Outstanding student Allie Miller was honored last year as the first-ever recipient of the scholarship. She was chosen based on a review of her resume, work experience, campus involvement, leadership, GPA, and an essay outlining her career aspirations and merit for the scholarship. We’re excited to be working with the Texas A&M Center for Retailing Studies to select our 2013 scholarship winner, so be on the lookout for more info about our next recipient!
In the meantime, we wanted to share Allie’s reflections on how the scholarship has provided her with great opportunity over the past year:
“I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting at home when I received the call from Brooke Minteer at The Container Store informing me that I was going to be the Mona Williams scholarship recipient. It is hard to believe that a whole year has flown by! These last 12 months have brought great challenges, hardships, and success for me. Some of the highlights include being named the 2013-2014 Student Retailing President and working on two case competitions– The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and Stanley Marcus Competition. It has been so exciting being an upperclassmen and having more “hands-on” merchandising experience through my Marketing courses.
The Mona Williams Scholarship is such an amazing gift that helped me focus on my schoolwork and less on the financial burden that comes with being a student. Moreover, I am even more grateful for the relationships that came, as an added bonus, with the scholarship. I will always remember visiting The Container Store’s corporate office and meeting many incredible people. The Container Store employees have all impacted me greatly and I am looking forward to continually seeking out their advice and friendship. I am immensely blessed to be the first of many Aggies to experience this scholarship.
As I finish up my junior year, I have several big decisions to make, but I am anxious to begin interning and preparing for my last year at Texas A&M. Thank you again to The Container Store for being such a huge part of my college experience!”
Allie Miller, Mona Williams – Women Making a Difference in Retail Scholarship Winner