McNeace awarded scholarship


RALEIGH, NC — Ms. Marissa McNeace, of Union, SC, was awarded the Everett and Trudy Suddreth Scholarship of Excellence in the amount of $2,500 from the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) ( She will be attending Winthrop University and pursing a degree in Human Nutrition.

Each year, CFIC awards 46 scholarships to qualifying high school seniors who are enrolling for the fall semester as college freshmen and to college undergraduates enrolling for the fall semester as a sophomore, junior or senior. Each scholarship applicant must be the dependent or spouse of a permanent, full-time employee of a retail, wholesale or supplier CFIC member company for at least one year. Students who have been an employed for at least six months part-time with a CFIC retail, wholesale or supplier member company are also eligible.

Named for the Executive Director of the North Carolina Food Dealers Association (which merged with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association in 2004), the Everett and Trudy Suddreth Scholarship of Excellence is part of the Carolinas Food Industry Council’s effort to contribute to the communities that have made the grocery industry what it is today. The Council’s mission is to improve the public image of the grocery industry from major retail chains to small independent stores and the effectiveness and profitability of those companies in both North and South Carolina.

Funding for the 46 scholarships is provided through CFIC’s educational foundation, the NC Retail Consumer Alliance, a nonprofit retail foundation that works with consumers to build strong communities.

CFIC congratulates Ms. Marissa McNeace and each of the 2015 Everett and Trudy Suddreth Scholarship Award recipients.

About CFIC

A trade organization with members from both North and South Carolina whose mission is to improve the public image, effectiveness and profitability of retailer and supplier companies in the food industry. CFIC represents the food industry perspective to elected officials in both Raleigh and Columbia. Its membership includes all major retail chain stores as well as a large number of independent grocers. Visit our website at to learn more.

About RCA

The Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation (RCA) was organized in 2008 to foster strong community partnerships between consumers and the retail industry. Every year, the foundation funds an annual educational scholarship program that assists students who are working in the retail industry or students who have parents working in retail, by providing awards that pay for college tuition. The foundation also contributes annually to the Feeding America Food Banks for North and South Carolina. RCA, in partnership with the NC Retail Merchants Association and the National Retail Federation, launched recently an awareness campaign to challenge common misconceptions in the retail industry. Think You Know Retail? Think Again.;