(June 12) Applications are being accepted for a scholarship that sends employees of family-owned businesses to the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association’s annual Washington Public Policy Conference.

A grant from Karen Caplan, president of Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif., and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, sales operations manager at Frieda’s, established the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship in 2001. The scholarship is named for the founder of Frieda’s Inc. The scholarship program is administered through the United Fresh Research and Education Foundation, funded by United Fresh, Washington D.C.

Victoria Kuhns, senior vice president of member services, said Caplan and Wiggins came from family business backgrounds and wanted to see other such employees involved in the policy-making process.

“They just wanted to provide an opportunity for family-owned business employees who hadn’t been able to attend the conference in the past,” she said.

Employees of any United Fresh member family-owned business can apply by submitting an application from the company’s Web site, www.unitedfresh.org, by July 27. Up to four scholarships covering recipients’ airfare, hotel and registration costs for the conference are awarded each year.