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 $84,500 in scholarships 2021.

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

2021 Scholarship Winners

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Lauren Lee, Texas A&M
Kaylee Greiner, Texas A&M
Trent Schwartz, Texas A&M

SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship Recipients:
Trey Denny, Texas A&M
Cameron Poole, Angelo State
Emma Anton, Texas A&M
Mycala Jordan, Angelo State
Rebecca Kemp, Texas A&M
Lauren Thieleman, Texas A&M

SMIKIDS Scholarship Recipients – Funded by the Burley Smith Lone Star Beef family:
Ashley Hahn, Texas A&M
Trent Schwartz, Texas A&M

SMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients:
Katelyn Caldwell, Tarleton State
Marcee Cooke, Texas A&M
Landry Cunningham, Texas A&M
Jennifer Deden, Texas A&M
Kami Digby, Angelo State
Luis Erazo, Texas A&M
Alyson Fontenot, Texas A&M
Madilyn Grams, Texas A&M
Ashley Hahn, Texas A&M
Bailey Heausler, Tarleton State
Bethany Nevlud, Texas State
Kassandra PIneda, Angelo State
Abbey Pollock, Texas A&M
Dalton Skarovsky, Texas A&M
Abigail Tack, Texas A&M
Reagan Wagner, Texas A&M

Masters students:
Connor McKinzie, Texas Tech
Ryan Yeatts, Texas A&M
Shelley Curry, Texas A&M
Sarah Bludau, Iowa State
Anna Carlock, Oklahoma State
Meghan Eckhardt, Angelo State
Grace Franke, Tarleton State
Bo Garcia, Ohio State
Ayleen Gonzalez, Texas A&M
Jessica Johnson, Tarleton State
Madilyn Kainer, Texas A&M
Thackery Mayer, Texas A&M
Taylor Schertz, Texas Tech
Tori Teegarden, Texas A&M
Kiana Thomas, Angelo State
Zachariah Vice, Texas A&M
Amber Wright, Tarleton State