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The Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award  Applications Open Now

The National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) annually sponsors the Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award for full-time or part-time employees of Active members. The Board of Directors of NICRA established the award in 1995, honoring Bryce Thomson, a man whose 55-plus years of commitment to the ice cream industry is unparalleled.

This year, $20,000 will be awarded to applicants who are employees of member stores, and will be granted in the following sums:

  • 8 x $1000 scholarships
  • 1 x $1500 scholarship
  • 2 x $2000 scholarship
  • 1 x $3000 scholarship and
  • 1 x $3500 scholarship

    SCOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

    Funds must be used within one year of the award.

    The winners will be announced at the 2020 NICRA Annual Convention in November. Students will also have a choice as to how the money is awarded, for tuition, books, lab fees or room and board. 

    Employees of Active Members, in good standing, are eligible for a scholarship award.

    An application fee of $25 for each nominee is required. The application fee is to be paid by the member store owner. THE PAYMENT LINK IS HERE


     


     

    WHO IS BRYCE THOMSON

    Bryce Thomson was President of the NICRA Board of Directors 1965 and had a great hand in shaping the organization since that time. His monthly publication of "The Sundae School" was famous in the industry and contained facts and helpful hints to help ice cream retailers.

    It first appeared as an insert in the NICRA Bulletin, but started as its own separate publication in 1982.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE APRIL 1982 SUNDAE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

    At the convention in 1985, Bryce Thompson was granted Life Member status in the NICRA organization, the first, and to this date, only person to have received this honor.

    Bryce's health prevented him from producing any more newsletters and his last newsletter was the February/March 2008 issue. Bryce attended the convention in 2006 and we all celebrated his 90th birthday with cake and cards from all.

    The man who shaped so many young ice cream entrepreneurs and provided his knowledge and experience for so many is honored in the naming of this important scholarship fund.