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The Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award  – Applications Open 1 July 2019

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.

Active Members: Please consider nominating a deserving young person, who must also be one of your employees, for the 2019 Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award.

The official application form for the Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award will be available here on July 1 2019 This form may be duplicated if you have more than one nominee.

This year ten scholarships will be awarded in the following amounts: One $3,500; Two $2,500; One $2,000; One $1,500; and Five $1,000, totaling $17,000. Funds must be used within one year of the award. The winners will be announced at the 2019 NICRA Annual Convention in Charleston SC in November.

Students will also have a choice as to how the money is awarded, for tuition, books, lab fees or room and board. The odds of winning a scholarship are EXCELLENT. Last year one in five applicants won a scholarship award.

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. Checks should be made payable to the Bryce Thomson Scholarship Fund and mailed along with the completed application, the student’s official transcripts (in a sealed envelope with the proper seal from the school) and a letter of recommendation from you to: National Ice Cream Retailers Association, 743 Spirit 40 Park Dr., Suite 105, Chesterfield, MO 63005.

A letter of recommendation from you is required. If you can, please comment on how you perceive the student’s need and family support or situation. All information is confidential. Your recommendation will count toward the selection criteria. Please include your letter along with the application, required fee and student’s official transcripts for each person you are nominating for a scholarship award. All of these elements must be included in the same envelope for the student to be considered for a scholarship award.


Bryce Thompson was President of the NICRA Board of Directors 1965 and had a great hand in shaping the organzation since that time. His monthly publication od "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 seperate publication in 1982.


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.