The Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to PFMA member employees and their children to assist with college or graduate school. Recipients receive a one-year scholarship up to $2,500. Applications are accepted until the beginning of March, and scholarships are available for the following fall. All PFMA member companies are encouraged to promote the scholarship.
In 1995, PFMA formed a partnership with the Pittsburgh Association of Manufacturers Representatives (PAMR) and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Food Council to hold a fundraising dinner to benefit the Thomas R. Ridge Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship is 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. Through the years, Ridge dinners raised enough money for an endowment. PFMA members are encouraged to contribute when they pay their annual membership dues. Brokers, manufacturers’ representatives, retailers and wholesalers support the Ridge Fund.
How to Apply
Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship applications are accepted now through March 1, 2021. An independent judging panel selects the scholarship recipients each year. Since 1996, 578 students have received Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarships, totaling more than $1.1 million, to continue their education.