MISA Scholarships: Giving Back to the Industry

July 26, 2012
The Meat Industry Suppliers Foundation, a philanthropic organization of the Food Processing Suppliers Association, announced the winners of the 2012 scholarship program.

The Meat Industry Suppliers Foundation, a philanthropic organization of the Food Processing Suppliers Association, announced the winners of the 2012 scholarship program. Of the five winners, four had a perfect point average of 4.0 and the fifth weighed in with a 3.9. “It was an exceptional year for applicants”, said Craig Hess of Speco, Inc, Chairman of the MISA Foundation. “We decided to award four scholarships of $5,000 instead of the traditional three scholarships that are awarded annually. How do you turn down an applicant with a perfect record?” said Hess. A fifth scholarship award of $10,000 is jointly sponsored by MISA and Siemens, Inc.

The winner of the $10,000 MISA/Siemens scholarship is Rebecca Acheson, a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University. Ms. Acheson earned her M.S. at Texas Tech University and her B.S. from Kansas State. She has been an active member of 4-H and the Future Farmers of America organizations. Her goal is to become a Registered Dietician working in a meat company to promote meat products in a healthful diet.

The winners of the $5,000 MISA scholarship are:

Harrison Bartlett, a junior at Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering;

Ethan Blom, a senior studying Animal Science at South Dakota State;

Simon Kern, a candidate for the M.S. degree in Animal Science at South Dakota State;
and,

Daniel Neely, a junior seeking a degree in Animal Science at Kansas State University.

The MISA Foundation raises funds for its scholarship program at an auction held at the annual conference of FPSA. “The many members who generously support the Foundation at its auction can be proud of their efforts” said David Seckman, President of FPSA. “All these exceptional students will seek careers in the meat processing industry upon completion of their studies which bodes well for the future health of this industry sector”, added Seckman, “MISA and FPSA are very proud to be doing our part in giving back to the industry.”

The application period for the 2013 MISA scholarship program will begin in January. Applications will be available on-line at FPSA.org/meat-industry-suppliers-alliance-misaand by mail at:

MISA Foundation

1451 Dolley Madison Blvd., Suite 101, McLean, VA 22101

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