NGA Foundation Awards Scholarships to Rising Stars in the Supermarket Industry

Arlington, VA –  The NGA Foundation today announced it has awarded up to $71,000 in scholarship funding to 16 students pursuing a career in the supermarket industry for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“The NGA Foundation is committed to preparing students for the future,” said Matt Ott, executive director of the NGA Foundation. “This class of scholarship recipients represent the best of the supermarket industry and I look forward to seeing their achievements as they complete their education and ultimately transition into the workforce.”

Since 1990, the NGA Foundation and its affiliates have provided over $1 million in scholarships to students preparing for careers in the supermarket industry.

The 2019 NGA Foundation scholarship recipients are: 

The Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholarship was awarded to Jake Frye, who is a senior at Western Michigan University, working on a degree in food and CPG marketing. Jake has also been on the Executive Board for the Food Marketing Association for the past year, holding the positions of Social Events Director and Internal Recruiting Director.

The Asparagus Club Scholarship winners include Allison Buckingham, who works at Perelandra Natural Foods and is pursuing her PhD in behavioral nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University; Garret Gardner, who works at UNFI and is pursuing his MBA at  Niagara University where he also received his bachelor’s degree in marketing with a concentration in food and CPG; Samantha McGrath, who is currently a student at Western Michigan University and President of the Food Marketing Association; Tina Moore, who is currently a student at Sonoma State University and is a Corporate Kitchen Support Coordinator for Nugget Market; and Natalie Regula, who is a student at the University of Findlay and works in an on-campus business agency called the Oiler 10, where she gets to work with companies throughout the country.

The Bob Richardson Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Dana Kelly, who works at JM Smucker Co. as a National Account Manager. Dana is currently pursuing an MBA at Boston College.

The Charlie and Becky Bray Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Cubero, who is a student at the University of Southern California and works at Fred Meyer. She has been recognized by Progressive Grocer Magazine as one of the “Top Women in Grocery”.

The Roger Collins Leadership Scholarship was awarded to Kobi Coleman, who is a student at Southeastern Oklahoma University and works at Pruett’s Food, Inc.

The Fiserv Technology Legacy Scholarships were awarded to Jenny Le and Meagan Hauser. Jenny Le is pursuing her MBA in marketing and finance at Columbia Business School and is interested in working at the intersection of grocery retail and technology. Meagan Hauser is currently a student at the University of Southern California and works for Mondelēz International.

The FMS Solutions Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Kylee Schultz, who is a student at Niagara University and works at Wegmans as a Service Team Leader.

The Kimberly-Clark Corp. Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Dymon Saunders, who is a sophomore finance major at Old Dominion University and works at Food Lion.

The Peter and Jody Larkin Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Sydney Decker, who is a student at the University of Vermont and works at Healthy Living Market and Café.

The Mondelēz International Legacy Scholarship was awarded to Jake DeJulio, who is a graduate student at Western Michigan University completing his MBA.

The Women Grocers of America (WGA) Mary Macey Scholarship was awarded to Tiffany Crandell, who is a student at Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business and works at Mars Wrigley Confectionery.

The NGA Foundation scholarship program is made possible by the generosity of the individuals and companies who fund legacy scholarships and the Asparagus Club.