MCLEAN, Va. – The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA) Foundation announced seven $10,000 scholarships designed to promote studies in meat science. The seven students receiving the scholarships can use the money toward completing their degrees in various meat science disciplines.

“These scholarships clearly demonstrate the commitment of the MISA Foundation and that of our members to our industry,” said Bob Grote, chairman of the MISA Foundation and CEO of Grote Company. “The MISA Auction earlier this year generated record-setting donations, enabling us to recognize these extremely accomplished individuals. I personally want to congratulate all the winners and wish them continued success in their academic endeavors and careers. It should also be noted that none of this would be possible without the enthusiastic support of our members and the participants in the MISA Auction who donated and purchased auction items. Their generous contributions have made this possible.”

The seven scholarship winners include:

  • Kaylee Brunker – Oklahoma State Univ.
  • Jennifer Vuia-Riser – Univ. of Tennessee
  • Tommy Fletcher – Texas Tech Univ.
  • Chandler Steele – Texas A&M Univ.
  • Keelyn Hanlon – Texas Tech Univ.
  • Maggie Weinroth – Colorado State Univ.
  • Kylie Philipps – Univ. of Florida

“The MISA Scholarship is one of the cornerstones of our Association's Giving Back program. By way of these scholarships, MISA is committed to cultivating the future leaders of the meat industry,” said David Seckman, president and CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association. “It is a pleasure to work with the students and the universities, knowing that the industry will benefit once these talented graduates enter the work force.”