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The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program

1609130075The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program provides scholarships for representatives from family businesses to participate in the Washington Conference. The Program launched 2001 by Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, Frieda’s, Inc., on behalf of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan.

Recipients will join produce leaders at the 2017 Washington Conference in the nation’s capital to learn from and engage with Congressional leaders, Administration officials and industry colleagues.

Scholarship Recipients Receive:

  • Full 2017 Washington Conference registration
  • Complimentary airfare to Washington, DC
  • Two (2) nights hotel stay in Washington, DC

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be employed by a family business*
  • Applicants must be first-time Washington Conference attendees
  • Applicants must be employed by a United Fresh member company

*A family business is generally defined as a “business in which two or more family members are involved and the majority of ownership control lies within a family.”

Applications must be received by Friday, August 11.

Click Here To Download the Application Form

If you have questions about the application process or the program, please contact Miriam Wolk at 202-303-3410 or mwolk@unitedfresh.org.

Past Scholarship Winners

2016
Carmela Beck, Driscoll’s, Watsonville, CA
Domenick Buck, Anthony Vineyards, Inc., Bakersfield, CA
Tyler Clear, Deardorff Family Farms, Oxnard, CA
Lela Reichart, Sterman Masser, Sacramento, PA

2015
Alex DiNovo, DNO Produce, Columbus, OH
Seth Hansen, Kingsburg Orchards, Kingsburg, CA

2014
Nick Chappell, California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, CA
Mary Griffin Campbell, Griffin Ranches, Somerton, AZ
Tyler Phipps, Market Fresh Produce, Nixa, MO
Cody Ramsey, Mann Packing Co., Salinas, CA

2013
Bridget Bengard, Bengard Ranch Inc., Salinas, California
Dan Henry, W.D. Henry & Sons, Eden, New York
Robert Holthouse, Holthouse Farms of Ohio Inc., Willard, Ohio
Kimball Redd, Muir Copper Canyon Farms, Salt Lake City, Utah

2012
Martha Montoya, Los Kitos, Orange, California
Daniel Mueller, Volm Companies, Idaho Falls, Idaho
T.J. Rahll, Edward G. Rahll & Sons, Inc., Jessup, Maryland
Kurt Schuster, Val Verde Vegetable Co., Inc., McAllen, Texas

2011
Barbara Daly, Testa Produce Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Micah Desmond, Northeast Packaging Company, Presque Isle, Maine
Tami Martin, Black Gold, Grand Forks, North Dakota
John J. Pandol, Pandol Bros. Inc., Delano, California

2010
Kiley Harper-Larsen, Hugh Branch, Inc., Pahokee, Florida
Chelsea McClarty, HMC Farms Kingsburg, California
Ben Rice, Rice Fruit Company, Gardners, Pennsylvania
Mark Stevenson, Meijer, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2009
Megan Chedwick, Church Brothers, Salinas, Calif
Julia Inestroza, Gourmet Trading Company, Los Angeles, Calif.
Nicholas Mascari, Indianapolis Fruit Company, Indianapolis, Ind.
David Scaroni, Valley Harvesting and Packing, Heber, Calif.

2008
Kenneth Crabtree, Pacific Coast Fruit Co., Portland, OR
Gahl Crane, Prime Produce International, LLC, Orange, CA
Jose Garcia, Rene Produce, LLC, Nogales, AZ
Tracie Levin, M. Levin and Co., Inc., Philadelphia, PA

2007
Milas Russell III, Sandstone Marketing, Inc., Yuma, AZ
Kristine Zerr, Domex Superfresh Growers, Yakima, WA
Sam Stewart, Wes Pak Sales, Inc., Dinuba, CA
Milton Voss, Pero Vegetable LLC., Delray Beach, FL

2006
Aaron Buurma, Buurma Farms, Inc., Willard, OH
Luawanna Hallstrom, Oceanside Produce, Inc., Oceanside, CA
Jason LaBarba, Ideal Sales, Inc., Dallas, TX
Kari Valdés, Mills Family Farms, Salinas, CA

2005
Frederic M. Recchiuti, Basciani Mushroom Farms, Avondale, PA
Elizabeth Gross, Capurro Marketing, LLC, Moss Landing, CA

2004
Anne Turkal, MCL Distributing, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Frey Talley, Frey Produce, LLC, Keenes, IL

2003
Ashley Patricio, Westside Produce, Firebaugh, CA
Wes Liefer, West-Lake Produce, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Phil Herbig, Wes-Pak Sales, Dinuba, CA
Chad Szutz’s, A-W Produce Company, Weslaco, TX

2001
Ron Fode, Fode Farms, Moses Lake, WA
Cecilia Tudor Rose, Tudor Ranch, Mecca, CA

Hear from past scholarship recipients

“This scholarship afforded me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and immerse myself in the issues that our industry is facing. It’s easy to get accustomed to day-to-day activities, and this program really opened my eyes to the importance of getting politically engaged and speaking up—after all, our livelihoods are at stake.”
Dan Henry, W.D. Henry & Sons, Inc.

“This was one of the most educational and enjoyable business trips that I have ever been on. In addition to learning about our industry’s political agenda, I learned a lot more about the political process in general at this conference than a semesters worth of college classes.”
Kimball Redd, Project Manager/Food Safety Director, Muir Copper Canyon Farms

“This scholarship afforded such a unique opportunity to connect with our nation’s lawmakers and gain a deeper understanding of the policy-making process, and how these policies impact my family business. Walking the halls of Congress was an incredible experience and one that highlighted how important it is to be engaged so that our industry’s voice is heard in DC.”
T.J. Rahll, Operations Manager, Edward G. Rahll & Sons, Inc.

“As a first time attendee to the Washington Public Policy Conference, I quickly learned how important it is that we all have a voice in Capitol Hill. This is the perfect opportunity to express our concerns to lawmakers and federal agencies, to ensure that the interests of family-owned produce companies are taken into account.”
Chelsea McClarty Ketelsen, Sales, HMC Marketing

“The face to face time with decision makers was amazing. Visits to the Capitol Hills offices truly give you a human perspective to our nation’s decision makers.”
Kiley Harper-Larsen, Director of Compliance and Safety, Hugh Branch, Inc.

“The WPPC and Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship gave me the opportunity to see how influential politics can be on our industry, and how important it is that we have a strong unified voice. I feel more prepared to represent our industry and make sure family businesses can continue to thrive in a changing political environment.”
Julia Inestroza, Gourmet Trading Company

“The conference really opened my eyes to our industry’s need for involvement and advocacy. I have walked with an ignited passion and desire to be a voice for our industry to help advance the policies that are not only in the best interest of the industry, but our country too.”
Nick Mascari, Indianapolis Fruit Company