The mission of the CFA is to promote professional, ethical, and educational standards of its members within the business community; To cultivate good fellowship; To share ideas and provide mutual assistance in the promotion of commerce; and to achieve coordinated action in the matters involving or affecting logistics solutions.
To further these objectives, the CFA is offering two (2) types of educational scholarships. Through the Jan Smilanich Scholarship Fund, a current college student will be awarded a $500 scholarship.  The CFA will also grant up to $1500 in scholarships to active CFA member(s) or immediate relative of a current member(s), enrolled in an academic or certification course. 
PURPOSE: To provide financial incentive for candidates with a desire to receive or expand their education thereby increasing the community value of the Cleveland Freight Association.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Any active employee/member or student of the transportation, distribution, logistics, or supply chain business community domiciled in Northeast Ohio, pursuing educational endeavors in these fields.
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: Applicant must be currently enrolled or scheduled to attend courses:

  • In an accredited two or four year program with a major in the broad field of transportation, distribution, logistics, or supply chain management
  •  For industry-related certification
  • In an industry related training program
  • For industry-related continuing education credits

Recipients of the scholarship or their representative must attend the Dinner Meeting at which the award will be presented.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit the attached application form and essay by mail, fax to 216-765-8843 or email

Applications will be reviewed by a three (3) person committee.  Scholarship(s) will be awarded predicated upon a value system which takes into account scholastic aptitude, quality of essay, and participation in professional or community organizations. Award recipients will receive email notification from the Scholarship Chairperson. 

ADMINISTRATION: Proof of enrollment in the accredited course or class shall be furnished to the CFA by the college, university, training or continuing education facility.  The CFA may present the Award directly to the student or be paid directly to the training or continuing education provider.  Scholarship recipient must be a paid, participating CFA member for one (1) year immediately following the receipt of the award.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: Please contact the CFA Scholarship Award Chairperson, Janet Newman at 216-595-1286 or email the CFA Secretary at

Scholarship Fund