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The Scholarship Program, which was set up in memory of Cathy L. Miller, a perishable foods expert who created and managed sales campaigns for pizza, meats, salads, soups, and Mexican foods. Cathy died of a heart attack December 19, 1998. She was a director of the Deli Council of Northern California (previous name for Perishable Foods Council) for her last two years. 

Each year the Perishable Foods Council awards 5-$2,000 scholarships to members and their immediate family. We received over 40 applications from amazing young people.  The winners are listed below.  The next deadline will be December 31, 2017.


2017 Scholarship Winners

annarepettoAnna Marie

Joanne NenewensJoanne
Justin LeeJustin
Carmelita ClarkCamelita
Donald BadadalirDonald

About our scholarship winners:

Anna Marie Repetto,  -
“A” Student, Honor roll,  student body president,  4H leadership Delegate, strong community volunteer.  Soon to Graduate from Union Mine High School and is choosing an education path in international relations with a minor in Spanish.(Sponsored by Horizon Specialties)

Joanne Newens - “A+” Student, Class Valedictorian, Stanford Speech and Debate national finalist, Sacramento Steps forward holiday homeless project volunteer. Post high school – mixing love of science and medicine to work on research dedicated to Alzheimer’s Disease.( Sponsored by Save Mart)

Justin Lee - Consistent A student high school and college – Phi Sigma biological Sciences Honor, and National Science foundation REU Grant recipient. Student teacher, youth advisor and recreation leader in his volunteering – Justin plans to help develop a student start up group at Davis to create a useful product for the community. The end goal is to be a biochemical engineer and be involved in addressing climate change.( Sponsored by Save Mart)

Carmelita Clark - “A” student while working at a Save Mart store. Internship at Sutter Amador Hospital birthing center – as part of her goal to go into obstetrics nursing when she graduates high school.(Sponsored by Save Mart)

Donald Babadalir - Consistent A Student in both high school and college – Donald has embraced volunteering through his association with the Masons and his passionate help for his people the Assyrian Christians. One of our Perishable Foods Council interns, Donald is working on his MS in Nutrition and Packaging Engineering. Coming from Turlock – Donald wants to help set up a program for food science in his central valley food producing region to educate and keep educated young people involved in all aspects of food production LOCAL.

Hear from last year's winner, Marina Montes


For more information on the Scholarship Program, contact Debra Nascimento.  Check here to download the 2018 application.


Applicants are only eligible to receive a scholarship one time

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