Southeast Produce Council Announces 2024 Vorhees Vision Scholarship Recipients


The Southeast Produce Council has announced this year’s Vorhees Vision Scholarship recipients.

The Vorhees Vision Scholarship was created to reward the achievements of young individuals who demonstrate a true entrepreneurial spirit in their lives as they pursue their educational goals. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Terry L. Vorhees, founder and first Executive Director of the Southeast Produce Council. Because of his vision and efforts, the Southeast Produce Council became and remains one of the best resources in the produce industry today.

All SEPC Scholarships are awarded to applicants who meet the application criteria of having a parent or grandparent who is a corporate member in good standing with the SEPC, which means they have been on the SEPC membership roster for at least 12 months and have personally attended at least one SEPC event within the last 12 months.

SEPC’s Vorhees Vision Scholarship 1st place recipient will receive a one-time scholarship of $10,000 to their enrolling college/university. The 2nd place recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and the 3rd place recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Congratulations to our 2024 Vorhees Vision Scholarship recipients!

Headshot of Avery White

1st Place: Avery White

Daughter of Johnny and Melanie White | Shuman Farms

Headshot of Kaylee Nelson

2nd Place: Kaylee Nelson

Daughter of Sean Nelsen | Fowler Packing

Headshot of Emma Jackson

3rd Place: Emma Jackson

Daughter of Rob Jackson | Red Sun Farms

Vorhees Scholarship applications must be either graduating high school seniors or enrolled as college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Other selection factors include letters of recommendation from high school and/or college staff, clergy, community leaders, etc., SAT or ACT scores, leadership and community service involvement, and the quality of their essay.

2024 essay topic: This year SEPC is celebrating The Unseen Heroes – the men and women who serve our industry by plowing fields, harvesting crops, sorting produce, loading trucks, stocking shelves, and prepping meals. Some heroes wear camouflage, but within our industry they wear coveralls, work boots, gloves, aprons, hairnets, chef coats, safety glasses, and wide-brimmed hats. In your experience, how have you witnessed the unseen side of the produce industry? What have you learned from this? What are the most admirable attributes of The Unseen Heroes in the produce industry? How can you use those attributes to impact your community positively?

For more information on the Southeast Produce Council’s scholarship programs, events, and how to get involved, visit

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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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