Scholarships and Professional Development
BEMA is committed to educating the baking industry’s workforce. Providing scholarships is nothing new to BEMA. In 1984, BEMA launched its first scholarship program. Using funds earned from the International Baking Industry Exposition, $50,000 was allocated for scholarships to BEMA. BEMA named its scholarship program after former president Tom Belshaw. Six years later, a second $50,000 was added from IBIE to the scholarship efforts for both associations.
This time, however, BEMA honored former president Robert Loeb by naming a second scholarship program after him.Today, these two programs have been combined into the Belshaw-Loeb Scholarship Fund. Interest earned from the investments in this fund is used for scholarships for a senior and junior in the Grain Science program at Kansas State University (K-State).
For BEMA Members
As a tribute to Bill Pulver, a former BEMA president, BEMA established the Pulver Scholarship. This is designated for BEMA member employees to attend educational programs.
For the Bakery Industry
BEMA provides funds for individuals entering into or currently employed in the baking industry. The program criteria indicate that awards will be given for educational courses, programs, seminars and workshops sponsored in the United States for the benefit of the baking industry.
For K-State Students
In recognition of Tom Belshaw and Bob Loeb, BEMA established a scholarship to provide financial support for individuals attending the Grain Science program at K-State in Manhattan, KS. To apply, contact the BEMA office 913-338-1300.