SMA Foundation

The SMA Foundation was formed in 1987 using donations from SMA members interested in assisting students pursuing meat industry careers. Through the generosity and support of many contributors over the years the Foundation’s growth has enabled it to award over $80,000 in scholarships 2019. There are several types of scholarships funded by the Foundation: Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships, SMIKIDS Ltd. Scholarships, SMA Foundation Scholarship, SMA Supplier Scholarships, and SMA Convention Scholarships.

The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the longtime SMA member, leader and passionate advocate of young people and education.  The recipients are selected based upon their qualifications by the Foundation’s board of Trustees.

The SMIKIDS Ltd. Scholarship is donated by the family of longtime SMA member Burley Smith of Lone Star Beef Processors in San Angelo, TX. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding meat science students at Smith’s alma mater, Texas A&M University.

SMA Foundation Scholarship funds are generated by donations and proceeds from the Foundation’s annual golf tournament.

SMA Supplier Scholarships are generated by SMA supplier members’ participation in the Suppliers’ Showcase during the association’s annual convention.

SMA Convention Scholarships are funded by fundraising events at the annual convention as well as private donations.

The funds for the Foundation Scholarships, the Supplier Scholarships and the SMA Convention Scholarships are disseminated to universities within the traditional SMA membership area and are awarded through those universities’ internal procedures in accordance with the Foundation’s criteria.

The SMA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations to it are tax deductible. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact us at

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2019 Scholarship Winners

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Connor McKinzie, Texas Tech
Cole Perkins, Texas Tech
Blake Foraker, Texas Tech

SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship Recipients:
Sarah Bludau, Texas A&M
Emma Mortensen, Texas Tech
Megan Eckhardt, Texas Tech
Tommy Fletcher, Texas Tech
Trent Schwartz, Texas A&M

SMIKIDS Scholarship Recipients – Funded by the Burley Smith Lone Star Beef family:
Kayla Cates, Texas A&M
Kayley Wall, Texas A&M

SMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

Katelyn Caldwell, Angelo State
Marcee Cooke, Texas A&M
Bo Garcia, Texas A&M
Madilyn Grams, Texas A&M
Kaylee Greiner, Texas A&M
Sebastian Hernandez, Texas A&M
Merrick Irvin, Texas A&M
Mandy Lawson, Oklahoma State
Kaitlyn Pederson, Texas A&M
Riley Ripper, Texas A&M
Brittany Shipp, Texas A&M
Kiana Thomas, Angelo State
Ryan Yeatts, Texas A&M

Masters students:
Hunter Smith, Tarleton State
Brogan Horton, Texas A&M
Kyle Caldwell, Texas A&M
Meghan Clancy, Texas Tech
Morgan Foster, Texas A&M
Ciarra Gawlik, Texas A&M
Jenna Hunt, Texas A&M
Kyle Mahagan, Texas Tech
Ben Mills, Texas Tech
Laura Yoder, Oklahoma State
Elisabeth Zuber, Iowa State

Doctoral students:
Drew Cassens, Oklahoma State
Hope Hall, Texas Tech
Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Texas A&M