Posted By: Alina Cooper Industry News, Member News,

ST MARYS, GA – March 15, 2021 – The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation announced its 2021 elected Board of Trustees.

The NPFDA Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Nick Stams, Founder and President of Stams Family Foods as Chair, Laurie Pate, President of Foodlinx, Inc. as Chair Elect, Chan Windham, Director of Commodity Sales with House of Raeford Farms as Treasurer, and Jeff Paschall, VP of Sales at Springer Farms Corporation as NPFDA Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. All positions were elected by the Board of Directors of the National Protein and Food Distributors Association for a one-year term.

The objectives of the Foundation are to award a select group of deserving students with a scholarship to help them complete their college education and to raise funds to be awarded as college scholarships and disbursing these funds through an application and selection process.

The board of trustees oversees the Scholarship Selection Committee and the Silent Auction Committee. These two committees are highly involved in the candidate selection process and the procurement of scholarship funds.

The Silent Auction Committee raises funds for the scholarship foundation via the NPFDA Foundation's Annual Silent Auction. This year’s auction was held online and raised a record-breaking total of $21,887 for scholarships.

Applications for scholarship are currently being accepted. All applications and documentation must be received by 5:00 p.m. April 30, 2021. Each selected student will receive a $4,000 scholarship. For eligibility requirements, please go to


About the NPFDA Scholarship Foundation

The National Protein and Food Distributors Association Scholarship Foundation has given almost $250,000.00 to rising leaders in the 40+years it has been operating. Every year since 1979, the NPFDA Foundation has awarded a select group of deserving students with a scholarship to help them complete their college education.

The NPFDA Foundation Scholarship began when its leadership saw the need for outstanding “People Resources” in the agricultural industry. In 1986, the William Manson Family Memorial Scholarship and the Alfred Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Awards were established. In 1997, NPFDA named a third scholarship award the Albin S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Award.

The foundation would not exist if not for the financial support of our industry. The funds for the scholarships come from private cash donations and donations to the NPFDA Foundation's annual silent auction. The silent auction is held each January during the NPFDA Annual Convention in Atlanta at the Awards Reception.

Members and other industry personnel are encouraged to consider aiding in this worthy project. The foundation and its activities are approved by the IRS and donations are tax deductible. Donations are accepted year-round at or can be mailed to NPFDA Scholarship Foundation, 2014 Osborne Rd, Saint Marys, GA 31558.