Viva Fresh Scholarship Program Accepting Applications
MISSION, TX - The final time has come to get those scholarship applications in! The applications for the first Annual Viva Fresh Scholarship Program ends today. The program is available to the family of Texas International Produce Association’s (TIPA) members, Viva Fresh exhibitors and sponsor companies, and is not limited to traditional agricultural education tracks. Students studying a range of disciplines—from horticulture to logistics to vocational programs—are all encouraged to apply.
“It’s exciting to see the responses and diversity of studies of this next generation,” commented Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of the Texas International Produce Association. “And we’re proud to support these future industry professionals as they pursue various educational endeavors to meet the ever-evolving demands of the fresh produce landscape.”
According to a press release, this program was established by the $30,000 raised at the 2019 Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament. It offers one-year scholarships for students pursuing a degree or certification relevant to the fresh produce industry.
“The response to this program is a testament to the growing number of young people taking interest in the produce industry and the myriad of opportunities that exist for students from a wide variety of disciplines,” stated Ed Bertaud, IFCO Director, Retail Sales, and Chairman of the Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament Committee. “It’s a reminder of how fortunate we are to work in a growing industry that attracts so many of the best and brightest.”
Each year, the scholarship will also honor a notable figure in the produce industry to pay tribute to the experts and pioneers who paved the way for these students. TIPA noted that Dr. Leonard Maxwell Pike was chosen as the inaugural honoree because of his contributions to the produce industry. As a Texas A&M research scientist, he developed several leading vegetable varieties including the Texas 1015 Super Sweet Onion and the Maroon Beta Sweet Carrot.
After receiving all applications, the committee will begin evaluating applicants based on merit. Award recipients will then be notified, and scholarships will be distributed prior to the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.
Best of luck, young produce folk!