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FMI Foundation Names Food Safety Auditing Scholarship Winners

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The FMI Foundation, in partnership with The Safe Quality Food Institute, has announced 15 recipients of the 2022 Food Safety Auditing Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship is accompanied by an educational travel grant to the SQF Unites Global Conference, an interactive event for the global food safety and quality communities. The scholarship and travel grant are available to students enrolled in food and agricultural science programs who have demonstrated passion and initiative in the field.

“A career in food safety auditing is a noble endeavor, and those committed to such critical work deserve to be celebrated,” said David Fikes, executive director, FMI Foundation.

“Out of 64 impressive applicants, 15 received this year’s scholarship based on their outstanding academic ability, leadership potential and passion for the auditing profession. The FMI Foundation is proud to support these essential scholars and applauds their commitment to maximize public health through a safe and secure food supply chain.”

The recipients include: Aishwarya Vengatesan, Rutgers University; Amrit Pal, University of Georgia; Aryany Leticia Pena Gomez , University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bhaswati Chowdhury, South Dakota State University; Camryn Grace Cook, Virginia Tech; Christina Lynn Wormald-Allingham, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Cyril Nsom Ayuk Etaka, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Julysa Abril Benitez, Texas A&M University; Kenisha Odessa Gordon, Mississippi State University; LaTaunya Tillman, University of Florida; Amalia Beary, Cornell University; Marisa Lee Bacon, Michigan State University; Supriya Daulatrao Korade, Illinois Institute of Technology, Surabhi Wason, University of Arkansas; and Zonia Elizabeth Caro Carvajal, Mississippi State University.

“The specialized contributions of food safety auditors are the foundation for trust between consumers and the food industry,” said Gigi Vita, chief food safety assessment officer and SVP of SQFI. “This year’s scholarship recipients will fortify that trust by helping to prevent foodborne illnesses and enhance food security for the next generation of consumers.”

For information about Safe Quality Food Institute, visit SQFI.com.

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