United Fresh Offers Advocacy Scholarships to Develop Family Businesses


The United Fresh Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2013 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program. The program awards up to four scholarships for employees of family-owned businesses to attend United Fresh Produce Association's Washington Public Policy Conference (WPPC) in October.
Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to attend the WPPC, September 30-October 2 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Washington Public Policy Conference brings together hundreds of produce leaders from all sectors of the industry to interact personally and share ideas with administration officials, congressional leaders and industry colleagues.
"This scholarship afforded such a unique opportunity to connect with our nation's lawmakers and gain a deeper understanding of the policymaking process, and how those policies impact my family business," said 2012 scholarship recipient TJ Rahll, Edward G. Rahll & Sons, Inc. "Walking the halls of Congress was an incredible experience and one that highlighted how important it is to be engaged so that our industry's voice is heard in D.C."
The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was established in 2001 through a generous grant from Frieda's, Inc. to the United Fresh Foundation by Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins in honor of their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan. The program is designed to increase family business' involvement in government relations and produce industry advocacy.
"This scholarship program is a perfect introduction for employees of family businesses to learn about the inner workings of Washington and amplify their voice along with hundreds of industry leaders at this event," said Victoria Backer, United Fresh senior vice president of member services, foundation. "We encourage our members who are involved with a family business to apply and take advantage of this advocacy opportunity."
To apply for a 2013 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship, participants must complete an application form and written submission outlining why they want to attend the WPPC and what they hope to gain from the experience. Applicants must be employed by a family-owned business that is a United Fresh member company in good standing; the program is open to first-time attendees of the Washington Public Policy Conference.  The application must be received by July 31.
Applications should be sent to the United Fresh Foundation, attention Shannon Young, United Fresh education manager, via email to syoung@unitedfresh.org; fax to 202-303-3433; or mail to United Fresh Foundation, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC, 20006.
For more information about the scholarship program, contact Shannon Young at 202-303-3405, and for more information about WPPC, or to register, contact Angela Tiwari at 202-303-3400, ext. 416.