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The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is pleased to announce that its Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF) has opened the 2018 scholarship application periodfor deserving students studying meat sciences at universities throughout North America.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s submissions,” said Bob Grote, Chairman of the MISA Foundation and CEO of Grote Company. “For years, the MISA Scholarship Program has attracted the best and brightest students in the nation and our last group of winners was no different. Chosen from our largest applicant class ever in 2017, our seven accomplished winners represent a very promising future for our industry. These winners came from some of the most prestigious meat science programs in the country including Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Texas Tech University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Wisconsin-Madison. They set a very high bar for this year’s applicants.”

“The members of the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance remain committed to furthering advanced studies within the meat science field,” said FPSA President and CEO David Seckman. “Their generous contributions during the annual MISA Foundation Banquet & Auction make these scholarships possible and for this, the students and the universities are extremely grateful.”

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 2018 MISA Foundation scholarship is now open and the deadline for submission of applications is May 11, 2018. Interested students should contact Ann Marie Penaranda at 703-663-1213 or

MISA is the not-for-profit meat industry council of the Food Processing Suppliers Association that is actively engaged in continuous improvement on behalf of its members as well as the meat industry. We further the ability of our membership to connect with each other and with our customers, while being an active industry advocate at the forefront of issues that have a -direct effect on our membership.