Alabama Grocers award scholarship to Fort Payne’s Joshua Bain

Pictured is Joshua Bain, recipient of the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. 

FORT PAYNE, Ala. -- The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation (AGEF) recently awarded $37,500 in scholarships to employees or children of employees from Alabama Grocers Association (AGA) member companies for the 2021/2022 academic year. These included 22 AGEF funded scholarships, 11 Piggyback Scholarships, and 4 Endowed Scholarships for a total of 37 scholarships awarded.

Fort Payne area scholarship recipient is Joshua Baine.

“To date, the Alabama Grocers Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships,” said Ellie Smotherman Taylor, President, Alabama Grocers Association. “Our association is thrilled to be supporting higher education efforts of Alabama’s youth and can think of no better investment.”

The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation recognizes and aids students who are related to Alabama’s food industry by virtue of their parent’s employment or their own part-time employment by firms which are members of the Alabama Grocers Association. The scholarship program demonstrates the association’s interest in the growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow by providing financial assistance to deserving students. This year the Foundation received more than 100 applications.

“We are thankful to our members and other supporters of the Alabama Grocers Association,” said Bob Crawford, United Johnson Brothers, Chairman, Board of Trustees, AGEF. “Over the years, their donations have made these scholarships possible, impacting the lives of hundreds of young people.”

Scholarships are awarded by an impartial committee of educators and are based on community involvement and academic achievements. Funds are raised from three annual golf events, a silent auction and the generosity of supporters, members and friends of the Alabama Grocers Association.

About the Alabama Grocers Association: The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating over 850 stores statewide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion. For more information, go to

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