Mary Logan Scholarship


In 1999, AFDOSS established the Mary Logan Scholarship in honor of one of our great members who served as Secretary/Treasurer for our regional affiliate for 30 years.  Mrs. Logan, who is now retired, worked 39 years with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

This scholarship in the amount of $4,500 is designed to be awarded to top students who have demonstrated a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teach in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety. Student candidates should have demonstrated leadership capabilities and must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The annual recipient of the Mary Logan Scholarship is generally announced during the AFDOSS Business Luncheon held as part of the Annual Education Conference. 

The criteria for this award reflects the love and dedication that Mary Logan has for AFDOSS and for every person that belongs to AFDOSS, or supports its goals and objectives. This award stands not only as a tribute to Mary Logan, but as a reminder that AFDOSS must always support and encourage the training and development of people. It is a symbol that the role of AFDOSS will not only live on, but that its role will expand and grow.

Criteria for Selection of Award Recipient

The following criteria will be used by the selection committee to select the award recipient. The applicant must:

  1. Have primary residence in one of the AFDOSS states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or the territory of Puerto Rico) to be eligible for consideration.
  2. Be either a current, or officially accepted, part-time or full-time student planning to attend college the next semester pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  3. Have a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety.
  4. Have demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  5. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  6. Complete the application including two (2) letters of recommendation and a copy of the most recent transcripts on or before June 15 of the current year.

How to submit: Complete an online Scholarship Application Form.
You will be prompted to upload attachments with the electronic form. If you encounter difficulties with your submission, please contact Scholarship Committee Chair Cameron Smoak at

To help rank the applicants, points up to a total 100 score will be given in the following areas:

  • Level of academic achievement and scholastic awards (25 points)
  • Financial need (15 points)
  • Extracurricular activities and community service work (25 points)
  • Narrative justification (25 points)
  • Applicants who have not previously received the Mary Logan Scholarship (10 points)

To apply for the Mary Logan Scholarship Award, click here

Meet our Current Scholarship Awardee:

The 2020 Mary Logan Scholarship awardee was Hunter Smith, an undergraduate student at Auburn University, majoring in Animal Science and Meat Science. Cameron received $4,500 to use toward his studies, as he pursues a doctorate in Food Science and Technology.

“Agriculture runs in our family even as far back as my grandfather and great grandfather, as they were heavily involved in ranching… [I] wish to pass along the livestock legacy for future generations of our family, and this passion transitioned into the meats industry. as I first began meat evaluation through FFA. This interest influenced my decision to obtain an agriculture education degree as I wanted to coach teams of my own someday. …[Working in a] meat lab as a student worker only reinforced how I felt about the meats industry as I learned each aspect of processing, sanitation and customer service. I look forward to being able to continue building those skills as a graduate student, as I feel it’s imperative to obtain a masters degree in meat science to further my knowledge. My career goals upon graduation consist of securing a job within research and development in the meat industry. Additionally, I have aspirations of opening my own custom meat processing and retail sales facility. Through either of these careers I will be following a passion of mine and hopefully be financially stable enough to give back to the industry that has given so much to me.”