The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance raised a record amount at its annual event.

MCCLEAN, Va. – Officials with the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA) Foundation announced that during its March 16 auction and banquet, attendees set a new record by raising more than $150,000 to support the foundation’s scholarship program. The event was held as part of the 2017 FPSA Annual Conference in Carlsbad, California.

“This demonstrates the commitment of MISA’s membership to supporting the scholarship program and the education of our nation’s most impressive meat science students,” said Bob Grote, foundation chairman. MISA awards $10,000 scholarships to students pursuing careers related to the meat industry at universities in North America.

This past year, the foundation awarded seven such scholarships to students enrolled in some of the most prominent meat science programs in the country, many of whom were featured in video testimonials during the 2017 banquet and auction.

“Thanks to the results of this year’s auction, we look forward to continuing this valued program and assisting another group of promising students,” said David Seckman, FPSA president and CEO.

Applications for this year’s scholarships are being accepted now with a deadline of May 8. More information about the application process is available from Ann Marie Penaranda ([email protected] or 703-663-1213).

Read more about a previous scholarship recipient, Jay Wenther, Ph.D., who is director of meat technology for Handtmann Inc., Lake Forest, Illinois.