James & Theresa Nolan Family Foundation ScholarshipJames and Theresa Nolan

This scholarship was established to memorialize Jim Nolan, who took an ethical stand on a business matter at great cost to himself. As a result of his professional ethics, Nolan was ostracized by colleagues and remained isolated in his efforts to maintain moral integrity in his workplace. It would have taken only a few others with the courage to speak out to change the course of events. Tragically, Jim died before the trial that finally vindicated his actions by a judge and a jury of 13 who found in his favor.

Our sincere thanks to Theresa Nolan for providing this scholarship to the members of the Southeast Produce Council. She is a lifetime member of the SEPC and is always available to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

Scholarship Details

One college-aged student (graduating high school senior or current college student) will receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to their enrolling college/university. The scholarship will be awarded based on GPA (3.0 or higher), references, and quality of essay.

Congratulations to our 2019 James and Theresa Nolan Family Foundation Scholarship recipient:

Olin Paivarinta-Skands

son of

Harold Paivarinta

Red Sun Farms


Scholarship FAQ's

Who is eligible to apply for the James & Theresa Nolan Family Foundation Scholarship?

Each applicant must be/have a parent or grandparent who is a corporate member in good standing as of January 1, 2020 [Member has been on the SEPC membership roster for at least 12 months and has personally attended at least one event (Southern Exposure and/or Southern Innovations) within the last 12 months]. Immediate family members may apply if the active member is part of a corporate membership. Members who have individual memberships are not eligible.

Each applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 semester hours).

What is necessary to complete the application?

  • Official college or high school transcript
  • SEPC Member Name and Member #
  • College/University Student ID #, current major, and GPA
  • College/University Address where the scholarship check will be sent
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Enrollment verification from College/University
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Community Involvement
  • 500-1000 word essay on the importance of ethics, describing a situation where doing the right thing was difficult, but you did so in spite of the cost; also include your thoughts on ethical lessons learned from your experience and how these lessons can be applied to corporate America.

Where do I submit my application?

The application can only be submitted online through our link which will be provided beginning May 18, 2020. The application deadline is July 2, 2020 at 5pm EST.

Who are the judges?

Members of the SEPC Scholarship Committee.

*All judges will be impartial when judging each redacted essay. All participant names and company references will be redacted before judging. If any judge has a personal relationship with any participant, that judge will be asked to recuse themselves from judging and replaced.

When will the scholarship recipient be announced?

The recipient will be announced August 3, 2020.