Frieda’s United Fresh conference scholarship celebrates anniversaryA scholarship that pays for people to attend the United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference is turning 10 this year.

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program annually pays for up to four employees of family-owned United Fresh member companies to attend the conference.

Sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins created the scholarhip in 2001 to honor their mother, Frieda, who founded Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif., in 1962.

The company was the first American wholesale produce company to be founded, owned and operated by a woman. Frieda’s daughters still serve as president and vice president, exemplifying the family-owned businesses that the scholarship aims to help.

The scholarship pays for airfare to Washington, conference registration, and a hotel stay. This year, the conference will be Oct. 3-5 at the Hyatt Recency Washington on Capitol Hill.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 15. Applicants must complete an application and written submission detailing why they want to attend the conference and what they will gain from it. Applications can be downloaded from and submitted to United Fresh’s website.