Apply For The 2024 SEPC Nolan Family Foundation Scholarship — Deadline June 28, 2024!


The Southeast Produce Council is now accepting applications for the James & Theresa Nolan Family Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship was established to memorialize Jim Nolan, who took an ethical stand on a business matter at great cost to himself. As a result of his professional ethics, Nolan was ostracized by colleagues and remained isolated in his efforts to maintain moral integrity in his workplace.

One college-aged student (graduating high school senior or current college student) will receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to help with their education.

Each applicant must be/have a parent or grandparent who is a corporate member in good standing as of July 1st of the current year [has been on the SEPC membership roster for at least 12 months and has personally attended at least one event (Southern Exposure and/or Southern Innovations) within the last 12 months]. Immediate family members may apply if the active member is part of a corporate membership. Members who have individual memberships are not eligible. The scholarship will be awarded based on GPA (3.0 or higher), references, and quality of essay. Each applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 semester hours).

The following is needed to complete the application:

  • College or high school transcripts
  • SEPC Member Name & Membership Number
  • College/University Student ID Number, current major, & GPA
  • College/University Address where the scholarship funds should be sent
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Enrollment verification from College/University
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Community Involvement description
  • 500–1000-word essay on the importance of ethics, describing a situation where doing the right thing was difficult, but you did so in spite of the cost; also include your thoughts on ethical lessons learned from your experience and how these lessons can be applied to corporate America

Applications are due June 28, 2024 before 5:00 pm EST and will only be accepted electronically.

For questions, please contact us at or (877)720-SEPC.

About Southeast Produce Council

The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) sprouted in 1999 when a shared vision for cultivating a nonprofit Southeastern-based produce organization was planted. From the first formal meeting of the SEPC where 100 agriculture, retail, and foodservice professionals gathered, we’ve flourished into a vibrant and innovative organization of over 4,000 industry professionals who reap the benefits of harvesting quality experiences guaranteed to increase the value of their membership. As with farmland, a well-cultivated industry can last for generations, and today, we continue to grow at a steady pace thanks to a broad range of backgrounds and expertise from people like you, creating a more bountiful tomorrow.

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