Frequently Asked Questions

What documents are required to complete my reimbursement application?
  • Completed online application
  • Copy of Tuition receipt(s)
  • College transcript
  • Supervisor/employer recommendation
Who is eligible?

Students taking courses in pursuit of a Retail Management Certificate that are:

  1. Employees of current Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association (TGCSA) member companies. (Your employer must be a current member of TGCSA.) 
  2. Employees must work a minimum of 16 hours per week and be continuously employed with the qualifying company for six months.

How do I find out if all required documentation is received?

Click this link,, and log into your application to view which documentation has been received. The Smarter Select system sends automatic emails when requested information is uploaded to your application.

What do I do if I need to add information to my application after it is submitted?

You may login to your online application,, and make the necessary changes until your application is submitted.

After your application is submitted, contact Jennifer Kemp by email,, include your full name and changes that need to be made to the application. All changes must be submitted in writing.

Can transcripts be faxed or emailed?

Transcripts must be uploaded to the application. Requests are submitted electronically through your online application. You may login to your application,, and resend any requests.

If I already received a funding request in previous terms, am I eligible to apply again?

Yes, you will need to apply again if your request is for a different course taken in a different semester.

If I am selected for reimbursement, how will I be notified?

All applicants will be notified of the results by e-mail. Allow 3-7 weeks for processing.

Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation (TGEF) was founded in 1985 for the purpose of providing scholarships and promoting education throughout the food industry in Tennessee.

Contact Us:
(615) 889-0136

1838 Elm Hill Pike, Ste 136, Nashville, TN 37210

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