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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           August 3, 2023

Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients for the 2023/24 School Year

McLean, VA – The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation today announced it has awarded nine $10,000 scholarships that will be used towards completing the winners’ respective degrees within the meat sciences discipline.  The scholarship winners are:

Jake Bagby, Texas Tech University Meagan McMurray, Texas Tech University Courtney Newman, University of Wyoming
Megan Eckhardt, West Texas A&M University Taylor McKinzie, Texas Tech University Laura Reiling, Texas A&M University
Zachary Hoelscher, Texas A&M University Andres Mendizabal, Texas Tech University Abbey Schiefelbein, Colorado State University

“We are proud to announce the MISA Foundation Scholarship winners for the 2023-2024 school year,” stated Kate Rome, Chair of the MISA Foundation and President of Rome Grinding Solutions. “This year’s talented group of applicants was outstanding, and we are honored to be able to assist these exceptional people in their continuing education. The Foundation Board congratulates these winners and looks forward to seeing how each one will contribute to moving our industry forward in the future. I would also like to thank FPSA members and participants of the FPSA Auction whose donations and contributions are critical to funding this scholarship program.”

David Seckman, President and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association added, “The MISA Scholarship is FPSA’s oldest, and perhaps most prominent “Giving Back” program. During the many years of supporting research in the meat sciences discipline, the MISA Scholarship has been instrumental in supporting the meat industry which ultimately benefits from the lessons and innovations that these promising students develop in their studies.”

The next FPSA Auction is scheduled for March 27, 2024, during the FPSA Conference at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California. MISA will begin gathering donations for this event in the fall of 2023. For more information on this event or the MISA Foundation, visit or contact David Seckman (, President and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association.


The MISA Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization formed to nurture, promote, and develop state-of-the-art technology and technical information by furthering the education of meat and food science students.