Dion’s is committed to youth development within the community and our stores. As such, we focus a multitude of existing efforts on the community, which can be found here. With this in mind, the Dion’s Scholarship was created to support the development of youth within our stores.
Congratulations to our 2019 Dion’s Employee Scholarship winners!
Raven Garza, Assistant Manager at University & 82nd Lubbock location, Masters in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy at Texas Tech
An employee since 2013, Raven plans to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice that focuses on couples, families, youth, and individuals who struggle with addiction or mental health illnesses. Her chosen career path fits well with her role at Dion’s where she has “become the heart of the store – providing encouragement and empathy to all her fellow coworkers.” She states, “I have always admired the encouragement from Dion’s to chase your dreams – we prepare people to do what they want – we don’t prepare people just to work at Dion’s.”
Rebecca Tresise, Crew Member at Central & Elizabeth Albuquerque location, Manzano High School Senior
Rebecca is involved in a number of extra-curricular activities and has lettered both academically and musically. With plans to study architecture at the University of New Mexico in the fall, she credits Dion’s for her progress in developing courage, confidence, and communication. When asked how she has grown at Dion’s, Rebecca jokingly said, “I do not remember my initial height before I started working at Dion’s, and frankly I don’t know how tall I am now either.” More seriously, she goes on to say, “Thanks to Dion’s, I am confident in who I am now. Dion’s has helped me grow into the mentally 7-foot person that I am today.”
Mark Furmanek, HR Employment Manager at Albuquerque Home Office, MBA student at New Mexico Highlands University
Mark’s time with Dion’s began in 2004 as a store employee before he moved into his current role with the Human Resources team. He notes, “What began as a first job has become a career, in part, because of what I have learned at Dion’s.” With his current pursuit of an MBA, he intends to further his expertise in HR and eventually teach at the community college level. Mark says, “Entwined is my path towards excellence and Dion’s desire for progress, and I am excited to see how we can continue to benefit each other.”