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Asparagus Club Awards $22,000 in College Scholarships

Jun 13, 2012

Organization Awarded Almost $1 Million over the Past 20 Years

Arlington, VA - The Asparagus Club and N.G.A. are pleased to announce the recipients of $22,000 in Asparagus Club college scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The Asparagus Club scholarships are one-year awards that range in amounts up to $3,000, for up to two years.  The awards may be used at any accredited, nonprofit college or university in the United States for students who will be entering their junior or senior year, or graduate school.  

Since 1990, the Asparagus Club Scholarship Program has provided almost $1 million in scholarships to students preparing for careers in the grocery industry.  In just the past five years, the Asparagus Club awarded over $100,000 to young men and women who have set out on the road to careers in the industry. 

“This year, we are pleased to report we received 16 applicants from seven different schools.  The scholarship committee was very impressed with the quality of the students’ academics and community achievements. The University programs these students represented ranged from traditional food management marketing programs to food science based disciplines.  The seven recipients of the scholarships represent six different schools, and we congratulate them on their academic achievement,” said Dave Jones, Asparagus Club President and VP/Industry Initiatives for Kellogg USA, Inc.

“N.G.A. is proud of its relationship with the Asparagus Club and is pleased that students from so many of N.G.A.’s University Food Industry Coalition members applied for and received scholarships.  It truly reflects the industry’s commitment to students in the next generation that are pursuing a career in the food industry,” said Peter Larkin, N.G.A. President and CEO. 

The new 2012-2013 recipients of $3,000 scholarships are:

  • Garrett Ahlstrom, Junior, Western Michigan University, Majoring in Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing
  • Deni Sharp, Senior, Arizona State University, Majoring in Business Administration
  • Mari Sisti, Senior, St. Joseph’s University, Majoring in Food Marketing

In addition, the Asparagus Club is proud to announce that Deni Sharp was selected to receive an additional $1,000 as the recipient of the Thomas K. Zaucha Scholarship, given to the outstanding scholarship applicant. 

The Asparagus Club also awarded four second year scholarships in the amount of $3,000.  Those recipients are:

  • Alicia Dickinson, Michigan State University, majoring in Food Science
  • Chelsea Halat, St. Joseph’s University, majoring in Food Marketing
  • Henry Ruiz, Texas Tech, majoring in Meat Science
  • Brad LeBoeuf, Nicholls State University, majoring in Accounting and Finance. 

For more information on the Asparagus Club scholarship, or should you know of any young people who are in college pursuing a career in the food industry, please contact Ellen Fargason at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation at or Kim Robinson at


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