Young alum competing for franchise in national 7-Eleven contest

Hampton University has a tradition of preparing graduates to be leaders in their respective fields, and Alyson Lawson is no different.

Lawson graduated from Hampton in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management. During her undergraduate years of study, she was an active member of the women’s golf team, the SGA Women’s Caucus and the Texas Pre-Alumni Council.

Following graduation, Lawson spent several years working in budget analysis for organizations that include the City of Dallas, the City of Norfolk, Va., and the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board. She also operates the Lance A. Lemons Memorial Foundation; a nonprofit organization created to honor a high school classmate who was killed in Dallas. Lawson says the foundation works to “empower children and youth,” and has hosted dance, basketball, and fitness camps. The group is also gearing up to host a STEM camp.

While working in her current position as a Business Analysis Manager for Gulf States Financial Services, Lawson has started a new venture with the world’s #1 convenience store, 7 –Eleven. The company is hosting a nationwide contest to give one deserving female entrepreneur the chance to own and operate their own 7-Eleven franchise.

Related: Dallas woman competes in 7-Eleven franchise contest

Thousands of applications were received as part of the ‘Women’s Franchise Giveaway’ contest and Lawson now stands in the top seven. The applicants were vetted on their qualifications to be part of the contest on the basis of background education and work experience, personality, mathematics testing and community involvement; among other topics.

The decision now lies with America to vote for its favorite video among the top seven candidates. Votes can be cast once a day until July 2.

To cast your vote for Ms. Lawson, click here.

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READ: HU Alumni Giving Reaches New Levels in 2016-2017

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