Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program.

The United Fresh Produce Association program awards up to four scholarships for employees of family-owned businesses to attend the United Fresh Washington Conference in September, according to a news release from United Fresh.

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was established in 2001 through a grant from Frieda’s Inc. to the United Fresh Foundation. Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins made the donation in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan, according to the release. The program is designed to increase family business’ involvement in government relations and produce industry advocacy.

“We encourage any of our members who work in a family business to apply and take advantage of this important advocacy opportunity,” Victoria Backer, senior vice president of member services of the foundation, said in the release. “This program is an exceptional way for family businesses to bring their perspectives on industry issues forward and be a part of the biggest produce event in the nation’s capital.”

The scholarship offers complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to attend The Washington Conference, September 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

“This scholarship program provided an incredible opportunity for us to engage directly with the nation’s policy makers and key influencers,” 2013 scholarship recipient Kimball Redd, director of purchasing and food safety, for Muir Copper Canyon Farms, said in the release. “Being able to meet with them face-to-face allows you to tell your story and be a voice for the industry. Our presence in Washington is critical and this conference is an experience like no other.”

Applicants must describe why they want to attend and what they hope to gain from the experience, according to the release.

Applicants must be employed by a family-owned business that is a United Fresh member company in good standing and the program is open to first-time attendees of The Washington Conference. Applications must be submitted to United Fresh by July 31.

Contact Shannon Young, United Fresh education manager at or fax 202-303-3433.