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 2020.

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

2020 Scholarship Winners

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Brittany Shipp, Texas A&M
Ben Mills, Texas Tech
Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Texas A&M

SMA Hall of Honor Scholarship Recipients:
Conner McKinzie, Texas Tech
Ryan Yeatts, Texas A&M
Megan Eckhardt, Texas Tech
Sarah Bludau, Texas A&M
Hunter Smith, Auburn
Kendal Howard, Tarleton State
Meghan Clancy, Texas Tech
Hope Hall, Texas Tech

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

SMA Foundation Scholarship Recipients:
Kaylee Greiner, Texas A&M
Elizabeth Schultz, Texas A&M
Riley Ripper, Texas A&M
Lauren Lee, Texas A&M
Taylor Schertz, Texas Tech
Emma Mortensen, Texas Tech
Madi Grams, Texas A&M
Dylan Stone, Texas A&M
Bethany Nevlud, Texas State
Trent Stolowski, Texas A&M
Marcee Cooke, Texas A&M
Sterling Pieniazek, Texas A&M
Katelynn Caldwell, Tarleton State

Masters students:
Bo Garcia, The Ohio State
Ciera Castillo, Texas A&M
Shelley Curry, Texas A&M
Sydni Borders, Texas A&M
Tori Teegarden, Texas A&M
Meghan Eckhardt, Angelo State
Ayleen Gonzalez, Texas A&M
Zach Vice, Texas A&M
Becca Grimes, West Texas A&M
Chandler Dockray, West Texas A&M
Jenna Hunt, Texas A&M

Doctoral students:
Forest Francis, Texas A&M