2024 Ward J Anderson Scholarship Winners
In honor of the association’s founder Ward J. Anderson, the Great Lakes Ice Cream + Fast Food Association sponsors the Ward J. Anderson Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded annually to student employees of its members. Eligible applications are read and scored by a committee of three (3) Board members.
2024 Scholarship Winners
- $2,000 – Awarded to Sophia, Sponsor Hoosier Daddy’s Homemade Ice Cream, DeMotte, IN
- $1,000 – Awarded to Corbin, Sponsor Nibbles/Northern Flurry, Roscommon, MI
Since 1990, $200,500 in scholarship monies were awarded to student employees of its members.
THE DICK WARREN SCHOLARSHIP
Dick was known to all in the ice cream world as the owner of Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville, Mass. He was a teacher and guidance counselor for 15 years at Barnstable High School where he taught English and Public Speaking.
In 1960 he purchased Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville MA. Dick had a special affection for the youngsters who worked at Four Seas. He was affectionately known as “Chief” by his employees, who became part of his extended family. He hosted an annual ski weekend for employees during the off season and traveled around the country visiting his employees at their colleges to reinforce the tight-knit culture and exemplary student workforce for which Four Seas is known. He truly was known as a friend to all.
The Dick Warren Scholarship will be awarded annually at the Great Lakes Ice Cream + Fast Food Annual Convention commencing in 2024, honoring his contribution to the ice cream industry.
The Ward “Andy” Anderson Champions of the GLIC+FFA Scholarship trophy was introduced to the Association membership at the Banquet Dinner during the 2008 Convention and Trade Show.
The idea of a recurring auction item to support the scholarship program has been thought about by Association members for a few years and with thanks to Suppler member, Frosty Products. “The Andy” was conceived, custom built, and donated to the Association. The trophy is constructed with a huge custom ceramic bowl of ice cream on a walnut base and stands over three feet tall. There is room for inscriptions to honor each year’s Champion for the next twenty-four years.
At the first year’s live auction, conducted by Mel White of Mel White Appraisers/Auctioneers, “Coach” Rick Senica of Taylor Freezer of Michigan and “Meema Fabulous” Lynda Utterback of The National Dipper magazine bid a combined bid of $3,100. The highest bidder each year receives their name, their company, and year inscribed on a brass plate on the trophy.
Since its inception, “The Andy” trophy has raised $36,789 in scholarship monies.