2020 Scholarship Application

About NGA & Independent Retailers

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers, as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA’s Mission and Philosophy. For nearly 40 years, the National Grocers Association (NGA) has represented independent supermarket operators in every congressional district across the country, and the wholesalers that service them. Today, the National Grocers Association remains the only trade association exclusively focused on representing the independent sector of the food industry.

An independent supermarket is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some independents are publicly traded, but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the true “entrepreneurs” of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates and communities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Available to rising college freshman through postgraduates
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in a U.S. 2 or 4-year degree-granting institution (including relevant postgraduate studies)
  • Majoring in Business, Food Management, IT or other focuses leading to a career in the grocery industry
  • Experience in the grocery industry is preferred but not required

Application Checklist

  • Completed application. All uploaded files need to be in .pdf .doc or docx format and cannot be larger than 5MB.
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor, mentor or faculty member REQUIRED
  • Most recent transcript (official or unofficial) REQUIRED
  • Resume/CV (optional)
  • Additional items to support your application (e.g. awards, certificates, recommendations) (optional)


Scholarship Application


Please check the following (if applicable) for eligibility for the FMS Solutions Holdings, LLC Legacy Scholarship
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Please submit a thoughtful response to each of the following questions.


My letter of recommendation will be sent separately.

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I grant permission for the NGA Foundation to publish in print, electronic, or video format my biographical information and the likeness or image of myself to publicize my nomination and/or receipt of an awarded NGA Foundation scholarship.