About the Award

“The College store strives and thrives within the context of its campus community. The vital, dynamic, and forward-thinking store identifies, builds and sustains relationships with key partners on campus to fulfill its mission and meeting owner experiences.”
— Tommye Miller

The NACS Foundation Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award recognizes the store with the highest level of innovative collegiate retailing excellence. One store will be recognized on a biennial basis and presented with a $5,000 award.

The Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award is underwritten through the Tommye and Keith Miller Endowment fund. Their passion for the industry inspired the Millers to endow a prestigious award that would celebrate a dynamic and forward-thinking store’s achievement.

This award honors a successful college store’s novel approach to becoming an indispensable resource for its campus. The winning store will demonstrate that they hold their staff accountable to the highest standards possible; develop key relationships with faculty, students and administrators; implement innovative merchandising; embrace new and emerging technologies; create an exciting, original, and inviting store environment; and develop staff to help them reach their career goals — all while supporting the academic mission and maintaining profitability from a retail perspective.

If you think your store exceeds the criteria, please self-nominate, or if you know of a store worthy of the Collegiate Retailer of the Year designation, please email nacsfoundation@nacs.org so that the Foundation staff can follow-up as appropriate.

The NACS Foundation Board of Directors is solely responsible for all decisions regarding the awarding of the Collegiate Retailer of the Year.


Contact Vicki Morris Benion at the NACS Foundation at vbenion@nacs.org or call (800) 622-7498, ext. 2286.