The United Fresh Produce Association has announced the four recipients of the 2011 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships.
Winners are Barbara Daly of Testa Produce Inc., Chicago; Micah Desmond, Northeast Packaging Co., Presque Isle, Maine; Tami Martin, Black Gold, Grand Forks, N.D.; and John J. Pandol, Pandol Bros. Inc., Delano, Calif., according to a United Fresh news release.
The scholarship pays for people from family-owned businesses to attend the association’s annual Washington Public Policy Conference. The scholarship program was established by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins in 2001 in honor of their mother, Frieda, who founded Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif., in 1962.
Frieda’s was the first American wholesale produce company to be founded, owned and operated by a woman, according to the release.
The conference is Oct. 3-5.
Scholarship winners were selected by a review committee, according to the release, based on interest in advocacy work, commitment to the industry and overall quality of the person’s application.