Simmons Foods announces the 2021 award recipients for the M.H. “Bill” Simmons Memorial Scholarship program. This year’s class includes 74 high school graduates who will share in $145,000 in scholarship awards.
The M.H. “Bill” Simmons Memorial Scholarship was established by Mark Simmons in 1979 in the name of his late father and founder of the Simmons organization. The program was created to assist in the educational endeavors of the children of Simmons team members and growers, specifically graduating seniors who are pursuing a vocational, technical or college degree program. Nearly 1,200 students have received grants through the program since it began.
According to Mark Simmons, Board Chairman, “As a third-generation, family-owned business, we place a priority on people, values, education and growth. To build a strong company and a sustainable future, we believe it is important to invest in the next generation of team members who will support quality food production from the farm to the fork, for people and for pets. This scholarship program is about building and maintaining relationships with our families, our farmers and our future leaders.”
Over the history of the program, Simmons has awarded over $1.3 million in educational assistance.