N.J. Food Council awards $108K in scholarships to support future of food industry

In a continuing effort to nurture the next generation of food industry business leaders, the New Jersey Food Council’s Educational Development Scholarship Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships this graduation season.

Since the inception of the Scholarship Program in 2011, the three original NJFC scholarships have grown to 33 awards, with NJFC and member company scholarships totaling $108,000 — all awarded in an effort to further students’ dreams, goals and career aspirations.

NJFC CEO Linda Doherty said the event, held virtually this year, always is special.

“At this reception, we proudly honor the remarkable achievements and dedication of those who are going to shape the future of business and food marketing in New Jersey,” she said. “This educational journey and entry into our indispensable industry are something we are immensely proud to support.”

Doherty and NJFC Vice Chair Jason Read of Wawa noted the scholarship recipients are academic standouts, demonstrate special qualifications and engage in civil and local leadership activities.

“These scholarships are a reward for some outstanding members of our organizations who were chosen because of their unique skills, amazing accomplishments and efforts to make a difference in our communities and business world,” Read said.

“We are proud to provide scholarships that act as a catalyst for the educational advancement of our member associates and their families. With the support of all NJFC members, our scholarship program continues to successfully grow each year allowing us to help advance even more future food industry trailblazers.”