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The Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FFPSA) today announced the recipients of fifteen $5,000 Career Development Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The winners of these scholarships are family members of employees of FPSA member companies and  include: Cameron Scott (A. Epstein & Sons International, Inc.), Austin Lopez (Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation), Brittany Bluthardt (Cozzini LLC), Kathryn Schneider (Dorner Manufacturing Corporation), Shayla White (Interstates Control Systems, Inc.), Patrick Burcham (Kelvion), Madison Grantham (Paul Mueller Company), Tarek Abushamma (Poly-clip System USA), Shannon Moore (Provisur Technologies), Sierra Cady (Provisur Technologies), Savannah Holloway (Provisur Technologies), Garrett Pratesi (RathGibson Inc.), Mackenzie Bennett (Seiberling Associates), Hannah Nutt (Tipper Tie, Inc.), and Matt Duesterhaus (Weber, Inc.).  126 complete applications were submitted to the independent selection committee which represents an increase of 25% over last year’s scholarship program.

“We are especially proud of this program as it truly highlights the best and brightest that FPSA member companies have to offer,” said Gil Williams, Chairman of the FPSA Foundation and President of Poly-clip System USA and Canada. “The Career Development Scholarship program helps to make our family members’ educational dreams a reality and ultimately assists this next generation to launch their careers. We congratulate the winners on their achievements and look forward to their future accomplishments. We also wish to thank all those who applied. The application period for the 2019-2020 academic year will open in January 2019 and we encourage all eligible individuals to apply again,” added Mr. Williams.

The Foundation of FPSA established the Career Development Scholarship Program in 2005 as a unique benefit to the members of FPSA. It is designed to promote the career and professional development of FPSA member employees who work full time and their immediate family members. Since its inception in 1983, the FPSA Foundation has focused on supporting the growth of the food industry. Over this period, it has touched the lives of well over 2,000 individuals in the early years of their careers through its grants, scholarships and stipends. Many of these individuals are now employed in food, dairy and meat science programs in the nation’s universities, in major food and beverage processing companies, and several in FPSA member companies.