The United Fresh Foundation has named four recipients of the 2013 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships.

The winners of the scholarship for 2013 are:


  • Bridget Bengard, Bengard Ranch Inc., Salinas, Calif.;
  • Dan Henry, W. D. Henry & Sons, Eden, N.Y.;
  • Robert Holthouse, Holthouse Farms of Ohio Inc., Willard, Ohio; and
  • Kimball Redd, Muir Copper Canyon Farms, Salt Lake City, Utah.


The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Business Scholarship Program, now in its 13th year, provides scholarship recipients from family-owned businesses with complimentary airfare, hotel and registration to participate in the Washington Public Policy Conference. The event is set for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program, founded in 2001, is funded by a grant from Frieda’s Inc. The program was founded by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins in tribute to their mother, Frieda Rapoport Caplan, and aims to expand opportunities for representatives from family businesses to attend the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference.

The scholarships are based on criteria including the candidates’ interest in advocacy work and commitment to the produce industry.

“We are incredibly thankful for the generous contribution and leadership provided by the Caplan family through this program to ensure that family-owned businesses in our industry have a strong voice,” Victoria Backer, United Fresh senior vice president of member services, foundation said in the release. “This program brings family business members to the epicenter of policy decision-making in DC and equips them with tools to advocate for the issues directly impacting family businesses in the produce industry.”

Information on the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program is available online.