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Now in its 13th year, CFIC will award 40 scholarships at $2,500 each as part of the Everett and Trudy Suddreth Scholarship of Excellence. Since its inception in 2005, CFIC has awarded over of $500,000 in scholarship dollars.


Who Is Eligible?

  1.  A spouse or dependent of a permanent, full-time employee of a CFIC Retail, Wholesale or Supplier Member Company. (Employee must be employed for at least one year as of 1/1/18.)
  2.  Any student who at a minimum is a part-time employee of a CFIC Retail, Wholesale or Supplier Member Company. (Student must be employed for at least six months as of 1/1/18.)

NOTE: The food industry employee (whether a parent or student) must work at a CFIC Member Company location in North or South Carolina, and must be employed at the time the winners are selected. Qualified scholarship recipients may attend a college located in any state.

Who May Apply?

  1. High School Seniors enrolling for the 2018 fall semester as College Freshmen are eligible as well as College Undergraduates enrolling for the 2018 fall semester as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior!
  2. Students who have previously received a CFIC scholarship may apply again.

NOTE: Extra weight will be given to students who are currently employed in the grocery industry and/or students who are enrolled in an accredited food industry undergraduate curriculum (i.e. Culinary Arts).

How Can I Apply?

CFIC Application for High School Seniors
CFIC Application for College Students

Completed applications and official transcripts must be received or post-marked by March 26, 2018.

“I would like to thank CFIC for your continued investment in my life. Thanks to your support of my education, I get one step closer every day to fulfilling my potential. Your contribution to my future is more greatly appreciated than you will ever know.” -Sierra Fender, two-time scholarship recipient

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