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SEPC Announces Recipients Of Inaugural Fresh Chefs Scholarship


The Southeast Produce Council has announced the recipients of its newest scholarship program – SEPC Fresh Chefs. Mya Campbell, Kristin Feliciano and Rebecca Martinez have been named as the recipients of the scholarships. 

Mya Campbell

Each of the three recipients will receive one $1,500 scholarship toward their educational goals for the upcoming year.

In addition to the scholarship funds, each recipient will also be invited to attend SEPC’s Southern Innovations conference and expo Sept. 22-24. The SEPC will cover hotel and travel expenses to the event and will also provide an SEPC Fresh Chefs jacket for each recipient.

Kristen Feliciano

At Southern Innovations, the scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to network with hundreds of produce industry grower and shipper members as well as leading retailers and foodservice distributors. 

“On behalf of the Southeast Produce Council, I would like to congratulate these recipients of our inaugural SEPC Fresh Chefs scholarship,” said Stanley Trout, SEPC board member and foodservice committee chairman, IPC. “The quality of these applicants is truly something to celebrate, and we are excited to be able to provide this opportunity for them, including their invitation to join us at Southern Innovations where we’ll introduce them to key innovators within the produce industry.”  

This innovative program is open annually to any full-time college or secondary education student pursuing a degree in culinary arts or restaurant management. 

Rebeca Martinez

“We are excited to welcome the inaugural class of the SEPC Fresh Chefs scholarship program,” said David Sherrod, SEPC president and CEO. “By awarding these future chefs with much-needed scholarship funds, we hope to promote the benefits of adding more produce to our diets for future generations. We want to congratulate them on their hard work and wish them continued success.”

For more information on SEPC Fresh Chefs or other SEPC educational programs and scholarships, visit seproducecouncil.com/education

The Southeast Produce Council is a member-driven, non-profit association of more than 3,000 leaders from all facets of the produce industry. It was formed more than 20 years ago to promote the value of fresh fruits and vegetables in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia through networking, innovation, community and education.

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