The History of the FSA Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1947, the Food Sales Association (FSA) was a trade organization designed to develop and enhance relationships between the suppliers, brokers, and manufactures in the retail food industry the North Texas market. In 1998 the Food Sales Association, with its retailer partners and its vendor members , began the FSA Scholarship Program. After twenty years of FSA scholarship awards, $1,080,000 has been raised and awarded to 560 high school seniors and adults pursuing careers in the food retail industry.
In June 2002, the FSA received its determination letter as a 501(c)(03) not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. In 2014, the FSA Board of Directors, inspired by those who worked tirelessly to build the organization and the scholarship program, began to envision an educational leadership legacy to benefit the future young adults in the food industry in north Texas. On May 1, 2014, the board unanimously voted to change the organization’s name to the FSA Scholarship Foundation to better describe its educational and philanthropic purpose and to create the FSA Scholarship Foundation – Endowment Fund.
Today, the FSA Scholarship Foundation represents over 250 organizations and 600 representatives from national, regional and local companies.
“To inspire careers and leadership in food retailing by providing the encouragement, the opportunities, and the scholarships to high school seniors and adults working in the food industry.”
– Barry Green, FSA 2013 – 2015 President.
What We Do:
FSA, with its retail food partners, provides college scholarships to grocery store employees to pursue their undergraduate degrees while maintaining their career interests in food retailing and developing into industry and community leaders.
Our organization widens acquaintances and social contacts and cultivates fellowship and goodwill among the members of firms engaged in the manufacture and distribution of food and beverage products, allied lines, and service-oriented suppliers.
Additionally, FSA provides a forum for the dissemination of information by creating interactive fundraising events that engage retail executives and industry experts with suppliers, brokers, and manufacturers of the food industry.