Midwest Food Processors Association: Midwest Food Processors award scholarships


Nick George, President 608-255-9946
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Brian Elliott Dir. of Communications 608-255-9946
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The Midwest Food Processors Association (MWFPA) has awarded six $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in agriculture or food science at UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls.

Three students were chosen to each receive $1,500 from the Kenneth G. Weckel/MWFPA Scholarship Fund for the 2012-13 school year. The students selected were:

* Hillary Bark of Eastman, Wisconsin who is attending UW-Platteville

* Amy Kringle of Barron, Wisconsin who is attending UW-River Falls

* Josey Pukrop of Stevens Point, Wisconsin who is attending UW-River Falls

The MWFPA also selected the following three students to each receive $1,500 from the Carleton A. Friday/MWFPA Scholarship Fund for the 2012-13 school year:

* Daniel Klavetter of Eyota, Minnesota who is attending UW-River Falls

* Jessica Pearce from Ashland, Wisconsin who is attending UW – River Falls

* Hunter Wojcik from Hatley, Wisconsin who is attending UW-Platteville

The two scholarship programs were created by the MWFPA in honor of leaders in the food processing industry. The Kenneth G. Weckel Scholarship is named for a University of Wisconsin food science professor who contributed greatly to the advancement of vegetable and fruit processing through his research and teaching. The other scholarship is named for Carleton A. Friday whose family founded the Friday Canning Company of New Richmond, Wisconsin.

The scholarship winners are invited to attend the MWFPA’s 108th Annual Convention and 85th Food Processing Crops Conference, one of the largest and most established food processing gatherings in the Midwest. It will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2012 through Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

“The MWFPA recognizes the vital role played by agriculture and the food processing industry in Wisconsin’s economy,” said MWFPA president Nick George. “These scholarships help students to continue their education and support the growth of these two major Wisconsin industries.”

MWFPA is made up of food processors and their vendors in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Applications for the two scholarship programs are available beginning in February each year and can be obtained from the MWFPA by calling 608-255-9946 or going to its website at http://www.mwfpa.org.