Merary Garcia, a graduate of Perry High School, has been awarded the Beckwith Foundation scholarship through the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic year. Garcia was chosen for the $2,000 scholarship from an applicant pool of more than 360 students.


IGEF scholarships are awarded based on academic merit to sons and daughters of full-time employees whose firms are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, a state trade association that represents the food industry, including chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores, suppliers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and distributors. Young adults who work for an IGIA member company (either full-time or part-time) are eligible as well. Garcia, who is majoring in the medical field and will be a freshman at the University of Iowa this fall, received the Beckwith Foundation scholarship as an employee of Fareway Perry.


“The IGEF scholarship program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of individuals who have connections to the grocery industry. We are honored to help these deserving young people to obtain a college education and make their life dreams a reality,” said Michelle Hurd, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.


Scholarships are provided by an endowment fund established by the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation and its supporters.


“We are grateful to the many corporate sponsors and donors,” Hurd said, “who participate annually in the Foundation process to make these scholarships possible.”


Since 2001, the IGEF has helped more than 1,400 youth obtain a post-secondary education, awarding 1,500 scholarships, totaling more than $2.2 million.


About the Iowa Grocery Industry Association


The Iowa Grocery Industry Association is a state trade association that represents the food industry, including chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores, suppliers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and distributors. Founded in 1899, the IGIA has long served as a resource to its members, the food industry and the general public through education, legislative, partnership and philanthropic programs. With its headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa, the IGIA also can be found online at www.iowagrocers.com.