Posted By: Alina Cooper Industry News, Member News,

ST MARYS, GA – February 15, 2023 – The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation announces its 2023 Board of Trustees.

In tandem with the National Protein and Food Distributors Association’s Officers and Board induction comes a change in the NPFDA Scholarship Foundation’s leadership. Chan Windham, Director of Commodity Sales at the House of Raeford Farms, succeeds Laurie Pate, President of Foodlinx, as Chair. Fred Dawkins of Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C. will serve as Vice Chair and Russ Whitman, Senior Vice President at Urner Barry Publications, will serve as  Treasurer.  Laurie Pate will remain on the board as Immediate Past Chair and NPFDA Board Liaison. All positions were elected by the Board of Directors of the National Protein and Food Distributors Association for a one-year term.

The objective of the Foundation is to award a select group of deserving students with a scholarship to help them complete their college education.  Funds are awarded and disbursed through an application and selection process.

The Board of Trustees oversees the Scholarship Selection and the Silent Auction Committees. 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 and through donations. The auction was held in-personand raised over $30,000, fully funding all six scholarships. For eligibility requirements, please go to

About the NPFDA Scholarship Foundation

The National Protein and Food Distributors Association Scholarship Foundation has given almost $280,000.00 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.