Student Spotlight: NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient Tanner Gill


The National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, created a scholarship to help develop the next generation of Supply Chain leaders in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Goals of the 2020 program were as follows:

  • Attract foodservice focused students to careers and organizations related to industry Supply Chain Management
  • Empower individuals invested in restaurants and foodservice through financial and programmatic support
  • Advance skills and retention of current industry professionals to support retention

These scholarships are available to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to foodservice and the restaurant industry who express a deep interest in supply chain management.

A total of eight $5,000 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship were recently awarded and we are featuring each of them individually.

NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient Tanner Gill

Home: Portland, Oregon

Class Status Fall 2020: College Freshman

College: Oregon State University

Major/Field of Study: Supply Chain Management and Operations

Years Working in Restaurant Industry: 1

Longest Restaurant Employer: Imperial

Award Amount: $5,000

What are your plans in the industry? I’ve wanted to work within the restaurant industry ever since I started helping my father at the restaurant he worked at called Smokehouse 21 when I was in middle school. I never plan to leave the food industry whether it be working in a restaurant, owning a restaurant, or working within management of a food supplier. I have no clouded ideas of how hard the industry is, but I’m ready to take that challenge because not only has a kitchen always felt like home to me but I believe it is an industry where change can be made and one where I can continue to master the industry.

Quote: I learned through experience that working harder helps me overcome nervousness and that before I prove myself to others I must first prove it to myself that I can achieve what I want to.

Author: Supply Chain Scene