COPPELL, Texas–The Container Store has named Texas A&M student Allison Miller the first recipient of its Mona Williams – Women Making a Difference in Retail Scholarship. A marketing student, Miller will receive the scholarship on May 3 from Peggy Doughty, a 25-year employee of The Container Store and vice president of visual merchandising as well as a longtime colleague and friend of Williams.
Sixty-four percent of the retailer’s employees are women, and the scholarship will be awarded to one young woman every year as tribute to Williams, a 30-year employee of The Container Store, the former vice president of buying and a trailblazer in the retail industry, the company said. Williams passed away last November at age 54. The retailer established the annual endowment for students of the Center for Retailing Studies in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
Miller is very involved with the Center for Retailing Studies at The Mays Business School as a M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar and member of the Student Retailing Association. She is also involved in the business mentorship organization P.R.E.P. (Progressively Reaching Excellence in Professionalism), and was honored with the Young Women in Excellence Award for completing 80 hours of personal progress and community service.
“Words can’t describe the tribute that Mona deserves … She was an incredible friend and colleague,” said Sharon Tindell, chief merchandising officer. “We know Mona’s spirit and legacy will live with us forever, as she made such an indelible mark on our business, our brand, the retail industry and all of us who worked with her over the past 30 years.”
To donate to the memorial scholarship, visit giving.tamu.edu, select “Give Now” on the right side of the page, and then designate the Mays Business School and The Container Store – Mona Williams Scholarship Account #04-35267. Donors must note INCOME in the notes field online or on their check. Checks may be made out to “Texas A&M Foundation” and mailed to: David Hicks, Mays Business School, 440 Wehner Building/4113 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843. Please note the name of the scholarship, INCOME and the account number on the check.