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The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced that its Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF) has opened the 2019 scholarship application period for deserving students studying meat sciences at universities throughout North America.

“We are excited to open up the scholarship application period and look forward to receiving submissions from this year’s batch of highly qualified students,” said Bob Grote, Chairman of the MISA Foundation and CEO of Grote Company. “This Scholarship Fund was formed 30 years ago to support and encourage promising students interested in furthering their education and ultimately pursuing a career within the industry. During this time, the MISA Scholarship Program has attracted the best and brightest meat science students in North America and our applicant class in 2018 certainly fit that bill with winners representing some of the most prestigious meat science programs in the country, including Colorado State University, Oklahoma University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University (2), University of Florida, and University of Kentucky. These winners have a promising future in the industry and have set a very high bar for this year’s applicants.”

“More than ever, members of the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance remain committed to supporting and furthering advanced studies within the meat science field,” said FPSA President and CEO David Seckman. “MISA will continue to fund the scholarship program via its programs and activities with the goal of giving back to the meat industry and encouraging careers to the next generation of qualified meat science professionals.”

The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors who take an active role in the review and selection of scholarship winners. For more information on the Meat Industry Supplier Alliance contact David Seckman at 703-663-1200 or

The application period for the 2019 MISA Foundation scholarship is now open and the deadline for submission of applications is May 10, 2019. Interested students should contact Ann Marie Penaranda at 703-663-1213 or