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Andy Drennan
Senior Vice President of Membership and Business Development



June 23, 2022

McLean, VA – The Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FFPSA) today announced the recipients of fifteen $5,000 Career Development Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. The winners of these scholarships are employees of FPSA member companies and family members and include: Celina Lopez (Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation), Lauren Sabbath (Festo Corporation), Joslyn Bentz (Fusion Tech Integrated Inc), Kristen Lough (Gray Solutions), Mikayla Meyers (Interstates), Lauren Stricek (Lee Industries), Tessa Harrison (M.G. Newell), Calissa Weers (Marel Inc), Grace Deppert (Pacproinc-Packaging Progressions Inc), Nia Yost (Provisur Technologies), Michael Reissfelder (Reiser), Abigail Messina (Whiting-Turner Contracting Co), Charles Konkolics (Whiting-Turner Contracting Co), Elisabeth Wilson (Urschel Laboratories), and Louis Klemp (Weber, Inc). These winners were selected from an impressive pool of 160 exceptional applicants for this year’s scholarship program.

“This is one of my favorite programs that the Association executes each year, recognizing the outstanding academic achievement of colleagues and family members, ” said Jarrod McCarroll, Chairman of the FPSA Foundation and CEO of Weber, Inc. “This year’s winners came from our largest pool of applications in the history of this program, representing the cream of the crop and delivering promising students from a wide variety of majors. Our judges clearly had a difficult task choosing from such a large group of deserving applicants. We congratulate the winners on their achievements to date and look forward with anticipation to what they will do in the future. We encourage all eligible individuals to apply again when the application period for the 2023-2024 academic year opens in January 2023, and when we will be expanding both the number and amount provided for each selected scholarship winner” added Chairman McCarroll.    

The Foundation of FPSA established the Career Development Scholarship Program in 2005 as a unique benefit to the members of FPSA designed to promote the career and professional development of 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 many in FPSA member companies.

For more information on the Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association visit or contact David Seckman (, President and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association.  For more information on the Career Development Scholarship program or any other FPSA member benefits, please contact Senior Vice President of Membership & Business Development, Andy Drennan at


FPSA is a trade association serving suppliers to the global food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. The Association’s programs and services assist its members in marketing their products and services, and in improving their business practices. Programs and services to achieve these objectives include: PROCESS EXPO, electronic media marketing, education, research, and being the voice of its members in the public arena on issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade.