MCLEAN, VA. — The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA) Foundation announced the awards of five scholarships that fund students’ education in the meat sciences discipline.

“The MISA Foundation is proud to announce its list of outstanding scholarships winners for the 2022-2023 school year,” said Bob Campbell, chairman of the MISA Foundation and president and general manager of Marlen. “The Foundation Board congratulates these winners and wishes them the best in the upcoming school year and all future endeavors.”

The winners are Sarah Bludau, Iowa State University; Makenzie Flach, Texas Tech University; Luke Fuerniss, Texas Tech University; Courtney Newman, University of Wyoming; and Tatum Whitewood, Texas Tech University.

“The pool of applicants this year was unusually strong, and these five winners represent the cream of the crop,” Campbell added. “We find it comforting to know that the next generation of meat industry professionals is so clearly qualified to continue driving our industry forward. It is an honor to assist them in continuing their studies, and we look forward to the innovations that they will present in the future.”

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Auction helps fund these scholarships. The next auction is scheduled for March 8, 2023, in Tucson, Ariz.

“Going back several decades, the MISA Scholarship program is at the core of our Association’s Giving Back program,” said David Seckman, president and chief executive officer of FPSA. “These scholarships highlight MISA’s commitment to advancing the meat industry and guiding qualified students towards a career path within it. These scholarships help deserving students pursue studies which will ultimately deliver new methods, new techniques and new knowledge to our industry for the betterment of all.”