SEPC announces Vorhees Vision Scholarship winner
The Southeast Produce Council has announced that this year's SEPC Vorhees Vision Scholarship recipient is Emily Lessard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lessard of The Giant Co.
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, a 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 attended at least one SEPC event within the past 12 months.
SEPC Vorhees Vision Scholarship recipients receive one $7,500 scholarship annually.
Applicants 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, explaining how they have witnessed essential workers within the industry, or from their own personal experience, who have risen above the challenges to make a difference in the communities they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.