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The Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) is proud to offer employees of its member companies and their children the opportunity to apply to win a $2,500 college scholarship. Funded by the Council’s charitable foundation, the Retail Consumer Alliance (RCA), the Everett & Trudy Suddreth Scholarships of Excellence are awarded annually to a total of 40 students.

Eligible applicants must be either:

  • A spouse or dependent of a permanent, full-time employee of a CFIC Retail, Wholesale or Supplier Member Company (the employee must be employed for at least one year as of 1/1/21); or
  • Any student who at a minimum is a part-time employee of a CFIC Retail, Wholesale or Supplier Member Company (The student must be employed for at least six months as of 1/1/21).
  • Click here for a list of all CFIC Member Organizations. If the organization you work for is not on the list please contact CFIC staff for more information on how to become a CFIC member.

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.

  • High School Seniors enrolling for the 2021 fall semester as College Freshmen and College Undergraduates enrolling for the 2021 fall semester.
  • Students who have previously received a CFIC scholarship are eligible to apply again.

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

Print a copy of the application below. If you need an application mailed please call (919) 832-0811.

Mail completed application and official transcript to CFIC, Attn: Scholarship, PO Box 1030, Raleigh, NC 27602.

High School Application
College Application

The deadline has been extended and now completed applications and official transcripts must be post-marked by Monday, April 12, 2021.

  • Scholarship winners will be selected by an independent panel of educators.
  • All applicants will be notified via e-mail in June.
  • Winners must be enrolled in college full-time for the 2021 fall semester.
  • Scholarship awards will be mailed directly to the student and made payable to the college.

         (Winner is responsible for delivering the check to the appropriate office within the college.)

If you have any questions, please contact John McNair at (919) 832-0811 or via email  

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