In 1990,Oklahoma Grocers Association established the Oklahoma Grocers Education Foundation (OGEF) to provide scholarships and promote education throughout the food industry in Oklahoma. OGEF is a non-profit, tax-deductible, IRS section 501 (c) (3).
The Scholarship Program is available to OGA members, and runs from January through March each year. During this time, the Scholarship Application is available for download by clicking here. An impartial Selection Committee, made up of educators, selects the winners who are then notified by June 1st. Scholarships are for one year; however, winners may reapply in subsequent years as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements.
Companies can provide an endowed scholarship, through the OGEF program, by making a donation of $10,000 for a $500 annual scholarship, or $15,000 for a $750 annual scholarship.
As of 2017, OGEF has presented a total of 1,861 scholarships totaling $1,303,000.