NPFDA Foundation Scholarships

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.   


NPFDA Foundation Board of Trustees

Nick Stams
Nick Stams
Founder & President Stams Family Foods (256)520-9410
Laurie Pate
Laurie Pate
President Foodlinx, Inc. 9253034567
Chair Elect
Chan Windham
Chan Windham
Director of Commodity Sales House of Raeford Farms
Jeff Paschall
Jeff Paschall
VP of Sales & Marketing Fieldale Farms Corp./Springer Mountain Farms (706)778-5100x1125
NPFDA Vice Chair

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.

In the Past: 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.

All applications and scholarships will be considered ONLY if the applicant is an employee or child of an employee of a NPFDA Member Company. The yearly award has increased to $4000 per student and the number of students to be awarded has increased to 5 ($20,000 total in awards).

How to Apply

The National Protein & Food Distributors Association's Scholarship Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for a scholarship award to NPFDA member children and/or employees. As an employee of a NPFDA member company, one of your greatest benefits is to exclusively apply for funds towards college tuition for you or your child.

Each selected student will receive a $4,000 scholarship.

To qualify, each applicant must:

  1. You must be an employee of a NPFDA Member Company or be a child of an employee of a NPFDA Member Company.
  2. You must be enrolled FULL TIME at a US based College or University OR be a high school senior. Graduate students are eligible to apply.
  3. You must be pursuing a college degree.
  4. We will accept electronic versions of your most recent transcripts for this year’s application.
  5. Complete the online application, in full. Check back in Spring of 2022 for next opportunity. 
  6. Provide a 500-word essay describing candidate's goals and aspirations. Submission maybe typed in form or attached.
  7. Provide a letter of recommendation from a Department Head, Advisor or Dean. 

All applications and documentations must be received by 5:00 p.m. April 30 before award year. If your transcripts arrive separately, they will be matched and attached to your online submission appropriately.

If you have questions, please email  or mail to:

NPFDA Scholarship Foundation
2014 Osborne Rd
Saint Marys, GA 31558


The foundation would not exist if not for the financial support of our industry. The generous donations of the Manson Family Memorial and other members' contributions have made the scholarship possible. Donations are accepted year-round at this website or can be mailed to NPFDA Scholarship Foundation, 2014 Osborne Rd, Saint Marys, GA 31558.

Members and other industry personnel are encouraged to consider aiding in this worthy project. Donations may be sent to the NPFDA office. NPFDA will increase the awards as funds allow. You may make your donation in memory of an individual - NPFDA will inform the membership and the family of the donation. The foundation and its activities are approved by the IRS and donations are tax deductible.

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