Apply For The 2024 SEPC Fresh Chefs Scholarship — Deadline May 24, 2024!

by | Mar 26, 2024


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Education is one of the key foundations of the SEPC’s mission. The Southeast Produce Council is excited to open the application window for its newest scholarship program – SEPC Fresh Chefs. This innovative program is now open to any fulltime college or secondary education student pursuing a degree in culinary arts or restaurant management.

Recipients of the SEPC Fresh Chefs Scholarship will each receive one (1) of three (3) $1,500 scholarships towards their educational goals for the upcoming year. In addition to the scholarship funds, each recipient will also be expected to attend the SEPC’s Southern Innovations conference & expo. The SEPC will cover hotel and travel expenses to this event and will also provide an SEPC Fresh Chefs jacket for each recipient. The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of produce industry grower/shipper members as well as the nation’s leading retailers and foodservice distributors.

The application can only be submitted online through the link below. The application deadline is May 24, 2024 by 5:00 pm EST.

Qualified applicants must be enrolled with at least twelve credit hours and must be pursuing a degree in culinary arts or restaurant management. Each applicant should have completed their 1st year of school. Before completing this form make sure you have the following:

  • Enrollment verification from College/University
  • College/University Student ID Number, current major, & GPA
  • College/University Address where the scholarship funds should be sent
  • Video (2-minute maximum in length) introducing yourself and explaining the importance of using fresh produce in menus.

For questions, please contact the SEPC office at or (877)-720-SEPC. For more information, please visit our website.

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About Southeast Produce Council

The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) sprouted in 1999 when a shared vision for cultivating a nonprofit Southeastern-based produce organization was planted. From the first formal meeting of the SEPC where 100 agriculture, retail, and foodservice professionals gathered, we’ve flourished into a vibrant and innovative organization of over 4,000 industry professionals who reap the benefits of harvesting quality experiences guaranteed to increase the value of their membership. As with farmland, a well-cultivated industry can last for generations, and today, we continue to grow at a steady pace thanks to a broad range of backgrounds and expertise from people like you, creating a more bountiful tomorrow.

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