CGA Educational Foundation

In 1992, the California Grocers Association Board of Directors embarked on an ambitious program – to expand into areas previously beyond CGA’s reach due to limited manpower and funding. That desire was the genesis for creating the CGA Educational Foundation.


The Foundation’s mission is simple: to provide financial assistance to advance the educational goals of CGA member employees and their dependents and offer educational programs for the grocery industry. The Foundation’s numerous programs include:

Career Development

Students taking job-related courses or courses taken in pursuit of a degree are eligible to receive up to $150 of reimbursement for their tuition expenses from the Foundation. Each student may receive up to $750 annually. Classes may be taken through seminars, workshops, community colleges, colleges/universities or online programs. Students must be employed by a CGA-member company.

College Scholarships

The Foundation offers a variety of college scholarships including CGAEF funded, Legacy, Donor and Piggyback Partnership Scholarships. CGA Educational Foundation scholarships are open to high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are the dependent sons or daughters of employees or are themselves employees of a CGA member company.

Industry Education

The CGA Educational Foundation is very proud to sponsor specific seminars and webinars that address important, timely issues for the grocery industry.

Hall of Achievement

The Foundation’s Hall of Achievement was created in 1993, and recognizes grocery retailers and suppliers who have contributed substantially to the advancement of the grocery industry. The Hall of Achievement awards dinner provides the food industry with the opportunity to recognize the achievements of those individuals who, through their foresight and dedication, have enhanced California’s food-distribution industry. Read More »

Golf Tournaments

The CGA Educational Foundation Golf Classics in July are your opportunities to play golf and network with your industry peers, while supporting the foundations college scholarship and reimbursement programs. Proceeds from both tournaments help fund the Foundation’s College Scholarship and Career Development programs. Read More »