As a way to give back to their employees, Dion’s created a scholarship for college-bound seniors. The newly created scholarship program awards an employee with a $2,500 scholarship for use in their freshman year of college. Mark Herman, CEO of Dion’s, said, “Dion’s focuses a multitude of efforts on youth development within the community. We wanted to find new ways to support our employees in their own educational goals.”
Riley Amort, who works at the Dion’s in Santa Fe, was awarded the Dion’s Scholarship. He left an impression on The Dion’s Scholarship Board when he arrived for his interview wearing a full suit with his Dion’s cap and nametag.
Riley volunteers in his community cleaning up parks and graffiti, he serves on his Student Life Council, and has completed several mentorships at Thornburg Investment Management. He earned enough college credits through his school’s dual credit program at his school to receive an associate’s degree prior to his high school graduation. Riley plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in economics followed by an MBA. In his application essay, he wrote about reaching his goals, stating, “I love cars and working in the auto industry would be truly rewarding. As an automotive executive, I will look back at Dion’s and say that is where I learned a lot of the skills I still use today.”
College-bound employees interested in the scholarship were invited to submit a written application, including an essay, for consideration. The scholarship application included questions about how the employee felt they had grown while working at Dion’s, and why they felt they should be awarded the scholarship. More than 60 applications were received. After the initial application, some applicants were invited to meet with The Dion’s Scholarship Board for an interview.
Dion’s is known for its tasty pizza and world-famous Ranch dressing, as well as providing opportunities for its employees and communities to flourish. For the last two years it was ranked as a top-five quick-service restaurant in the nation based on overall experience by Sandelman and Associates. Dion’s was founded in 1978 by Jon Patten and Bill Scott in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 39 years, the company has grown to 23 stores and 1,600 employees in three states. For more information, visit www.dions.com or call 505-858-1010, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DionsPizza, Twitter: @dionspizza or Instagram: www.instagram.com/dionspizza.