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Retired Navy Command Master Chief wins convenience store, donates $10K to middle school

Evelyn Scott, shown here with 7-Eleven franchise sales representative Kadir Arslan, was chosen by 7-Eleven CEO and President Joe DePinto to receive a fee-free franchise store. Scott said she hopes to open her store in Chesapeake near her home. (Courtesy of 7-Eleven)

CHESAPEAKE – Last month, retired U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Evelyn Scott was in the running to win a convenience store, anxiously awaiting the company’s decision.

After interviewing with CEO and President Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven announced that Scott, along with two other finalists, will each receive a fee-free franchise store — a value of approximately $190,000.

“After months of waiting, I still can’t believe it,” Scott said in a news release. “Who ever wins a store?”

Scott — the only finalist from Virginia — said she hopes to have a store near her home in Chesapeake. She plans to implement her life’s values into her management style, focusing on “honesty, self-discipline and efficiency.”

The contest was the first of its kind held by the convenience store company designed specifically for women entrepreneurs. One winner was to be selected by popular vote via the company’s website, but the three women were selected by DePinto.

“To say that each candidate was impressive would be an understatement,” DePinto said in the release. “Each brings a unique set of strengths. In addition, all are extremely community-oriented and have strong business, leadership and interpersonal skills.”

In addition, the company will donate $10,000 to Oscar Smith Middle School, as directed by Scott, as part of the company’s Project-A-Game program, which “funds youth programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.”

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