The Cherry Foundation was established in 1977 by Joseph Cherry who devoted his professional life to creating three successful Philadelphia food companies, and his personal life to his family, many friends, and countless good deeds.

During the mid-1930s, he and his partner, Al Levis, sold smoked meats and invented what would become an iconic American snack, the Slim Jim. In 1949, after the partners split, Joe Cherry founded Great American Foods, Inc., a North Philadelphia company that manufactured salad dressings and mayonnaise, and sold those products, under the Gourmay and Chef’s Pride labels, to wholesale food distributors throughout the Northeastern United States.

Joe Cherry, who played semi-professional baseball and football in 1930 and 1931 and was a low single-digit handicap golfer into his late 60s, died in 1981, leaving the business and the Foundation in the hands of his son, Robert. Great American Foods was bought by Holsum Foods in 1995 and is now part of Ventura Foods. Ventura’s tasty salad dressings—many of them the original recipes created by Joe and Robert Cherry—are still available in Delaware Valley and New Jersey restaurants and bars, university and hospital dining halls, and too many mom and pop pizza and hoagie places to count.

Since 1982 the Cherry Foundation has given scholarships, through the Academy of Food Marketing, to scores of Saint Joseph’s students—eager, bright, ethical, and hard-working, just like the man for whom the scholarship is named.

Cherry Foundation Scholarship – $2,000

The Cherry Foundation is pleased to provide financial support for students studying Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. Applications for this scholarship are now being accepted based on the following requirements:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate students entering their sophomore year in Fall 2021.
  • Students majoring in Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University.
  • Completed application form submitted by the deadline.
  • All applications must be submitted online.

Application Form:

Click here to access the Scholarship Application Form.

One scholarship is available for a rising sophomore.


Submit completed application by March 29, 2021.

Winner will be notified by April 19, 2021.