Student Programs

The NGA Foundation is proud to offer student programs designed to help today's students become tomorrow's leaders. Student programming encompasses scholarships opportunities as well as networking spaces for students, faculty, and the industry. These programs are designed to channel top talent into the independent grocery industry.


The NGA Foundation awards scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in the grocery industry. Scholarships are funded by the Asparagus Club and by the individuals and companies who fund legacy scholarship in their name on an annual basis. Over $40,000 is awarded each year.

NGAF Case Study Competition

The NGA Foundation Student Case Study Competition enhances the professional development of collegiate students pursuing degrees in food and retail.  Each year student teams accepts the challenge of addressing a real-world issue currently impacting the industry, while the industry benefits from their creative solutions.

Food Industry University Coalition

A coalition of academic institutions studying the food industry, connecting the Foundation to faculty and college students throughout the US.

Student's Standout Awards

Students visit the NGA Show Expo floor in search of the best products and services across several categories. They present their findings to attendees and present their award on stage to the deserving company.

Graduate Photo
2017 Student Case Study Competition
2017 Student Case Study Competition