For the fifth year, DMA Solutions will send top performing students from Texas A&M University to the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in San Antonio, Texas as a part of the Aggies for Fresh scholarship. With the support of The Almy Family Foundation, students who have demonstrated a strong desire to pursue a career in the fresh produce industry are able to jump start their future endeavors by attending the expo from April 25-27, 2019, the company shared.
DMA Solutions said the nine students selected have proven their passion and dedication this year and are eager to see what a career in this industry could look like for them. They will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders on the tradeshow floor as well as during the Aggies for Fresh reception, taking place Friday evening at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, with sponsor support from the Texas International Produce Association and other members.
This year’s Viva Fresh scholarship recipients include:
- Florencia Abram, Master’s in Agribusiness (May 2020)
- Caitlin Benge, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications and Journalism (August 2019)
- Arianna Jopling, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communication Journalism (May 2019)
- Regan McGuill, Bachelor’s in Animal Science (May 2020)
- Madison Mellon, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Leadership and Development (May 2020)
- Maria Alejandra Ramirez, Master’s in Agribusiness (May 2019)
- Jessica Smith, Bachelor’s of Universities Studies and Leadership (May 2021)
- Makaila Vasconcellos, Bachelor’s in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (May 2020)
- Emily Zdon, Bachelor’s in Chemistry (December 2019)
“Viva Fresh provides a great venue for students to get acquainted with the fresh produce industry and have productive recruitment conversations with people seeking to hire bright, young talent,” said Dan’l Mackey Almy. “Now in our fifth year, Aggies for Fresh is pleased to have selected nine high performing students who are near graduation to attend this event and seek a career in the fresh produce industry. For me, there is no greater joy than to help fellow Aggies serve the fresh produce industry and pave the way for generations to come.”