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The United Fresh Produce Association has selected four recipients of the 2018 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships for the upcoming Washington Conference.

The four scholarship recipients, each from a family-owned company, receive complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to participate in the Sept. 24-26 conference, according to a news release:

  • Johna Mailolli, registered dietitian, Inserra Supermarkets Inc. — ShopRite of Tallman, Mahwah, N.J.;
  • Marc Newman, transportation manager, Capital City Fruit Co., Norkwalk, Iowa;
  • Jacob Serck, owner and head of marketing, J.A.B. Produce, Chicago; and
  • Jeremy Taylor, vice president of sales, DNO Inc., Columbus, Ohio.

The scholarship program was established in 2001 by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins to honor their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with United Fresh in support of family businesses through the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship,” Jackie Caplan Wiggins, vice president and COO of Frieda’s Inc., said in the release “This year’s scholarship recipients will engage in political advocacy efforts, education and networking activities at The Washington Conference where they will acquire the skills they need to be effective leaders on the issues that impact our businesses and the fresh produce industry.”

The scholarship recipients have the opportunity to join hundreds of produce leaders from across the industry for updates on critical issues and meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and top regulatory officials.

The scholarship commitee’s selection criteria include a candidate’s interest in advocacy work and commitment to the produce industry, according to the release.