The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) announced that 22 college students have received 2020 Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship awards totaling $44,500.
The annual scholarships are named to honor Thomas R. and Laura Ridge, the parents of the former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge. Thomas R. Ridge was a member of the Pennsylvania food industry for 25 years. His wife Laura was a strong advocate of education for their children Tom, David and Vikki. This scholarship fund was created to honor their memory.
“We are thrilled to recognize these students who have worked hard on their educational journeys, showed extraordinary leadership, and positively contributed to their communities,” PFMA President & CEO Alex Baloga said. “At the same time, we are grateful for the PFMA member companies, organizations, and individuals who generously contribute to the fund each year to make the program a success.”