Now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 school year.


Submit application materials to [email protected].

The Education & Research Institute will award 7 scholarships at $1,000 each for students attending accredited colleges, universities, community colleges, trade or technical schools in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington

Read this entire page. The application is linked at the bottom. 




Open to all Food Northwest food processor members’ full-time or full-time seasonal employees and their families.  Employees and family members who are attending University of Idaho, Oregon State University or Washington State University are encouraged to apply for the Land Grant University Scholarships.  ERI Board of Directors, Officers and their family members are not eligible for these scholarships. 

Unsure if you qualify for this scholarship? Email [email protected] and we will help you out!

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student entering or attending a 4-year accredited college or university, or a student entering or attending a 2-year accredited community college, accredited trade school or technical school. 

Applicants must be focusing on an academic discipline and career plan that supports the food processing industry.  Examples include, but are not limited to agricultural sciences, food science and technology, nutrition and dietary science, production, operations management, engineering, horticulture, agriculture and resources economics, business management, accounting, environmental sciences, industrial systems, operator, process technician, control technician, electrician, electronic technician, maintenance, mechanic, refrigeration, sanitation 

How to Apply

Submit a completed and signed scholarship APPLICATION by July 31, 2019, including the following:

  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited institution.  Visit the Registrar’s office for this form.  Some schools may have web-based verification that can be printed.
  • Official transcript obtained from your college or school.  High school seniors submit an official high school transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation signed within last 12 months by a non-family member.

Submit application materials and questions to [email protected].

Scholarship Selection Criteria

The Board of Directors of the Northwest Food Processors Education and Research Institute will select the scholarship recipients based on the following criteria:

Demonstrated direction and commitment to a career in the food processing industry, e.g., internship or work experience in food processing or related fields


Leadership and involvement in related extra-curricular activities and programs


Grade point average  (Minimum 2.5 GPA)


Financial need



Selection Process

  1. Education & Research Institute (ERI) staff will review the applications and score each applicant against the objective selection criteria.
  1. The ERI Scholarship Task Force will meet with staff and review, discuss and select candidates to recommend to the ERI Board for scholarship awards.
  1. The ERI Board will make a final decision on scholarship awards.  Applicants will be notified of their status by August 30, 2019.