Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence

Supporting Young Professionals in our Industry

Recognizing that strong leaders drive the future of the produce and floral industry, the Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence supports young professionals in our industry by advancing their careers through the development of leadership skills.

The Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence was created in 2008 to honor the life and career of Tip Murphy, a beloved 15-year veteran of the produce industry. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for one of the PMA or CGT programs & events, including:

Who Should Apply?

Applicant must meet requirements:

  • Meet any criteria established for the program or event selected
  • Be willing to recruit future applicants for this scholarship opportunity

To be eligible, candidate must:

  • Be employed in any segment of the produce and floral supply chain both at the time of the application and at the time of the chosen event
  • Have been employed in the produce industry for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Demonstrate character, leadership and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the industry
  • Agree to speak at CGT activities about the scholarship and development opportunity
Apply Today! Applications due November 15, 2019 If you experience difficulty using this fillable PDF, we recommend that you download the PDF to your computer and use Acrobat to complete.

2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Ben O'Brien

Ben O'Brien

2018 Recipient - Four Seasons Produce

Receiving the Tip Murphy Scholarship is a very humbling and exciting honor that will provide me the opportunity to attend Center for Growing Talent Emerging Leaders Program. This experience will help expand my network, hone my problem-solving and leadership skills, and better understand the challenges and opportunities facing the produce industry. The skills and perspectives gained will help my continued growth into an effective contributor and influencer in our dynamic industry. I offer my sincerest gratitude to the friends of Tip Murphy who funded this scholarship, as well as Center for Growing Talent for making this dream a reality.

Rosa Serrato

2018 Recipient - Reiter Affiliated Companies

First and foremost, thank you so very much for selecting me as one of the recipients for the Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence. Words cannot express how appreciative and honored I feel for this amazing opportunity to participate in Center for Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference and take in all that it will offer. I am looking forward to being around amazing leaders, create networking relationships, and learn from the program’s effective leadership training content. Additionally, I look forward to applying my learnings in my role to more effectively lead while continuing to add positive impact to my organization, our employees and to expand my ability to contribute more strategically to broader agricultural issues that affect our industry.

PAST Scholarship Recipients

Katy Classon

Katy Classon

2017 Recipient

Wholesum Berries

Jason Thornton

Jason Thornton

2017 Recipient

Nicholas and Company

Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

2016 Recipient

Sunkist Growers

J Tyson Davies

J. Tyson Davies

2016 Recipient

Organically Grown Company

Fernando Aguiar

Fernando Aguiar

2015 Recipient

Naturipe Farms

Lauran DelRosario

Lauren Del Rosario

2015 Recipient

Frank Donio, Inc.

Steven Bindas

Steven Bindas

2014 Recipient

Chiquita Brands

Casey Kio

Casey Kio

2014 Recipient

AMC Direct

Tony Harmon

Tony Harmon

2013 Recipient

Nathel Internation

Juliette King

Juliette King

2013 Recipient

R.S. Hanline Company

Tommy Rowland

Tommy Rowland

2012 Recipient

R.S. Hanline Company

Nick Mascari

Nick Marscari

2012 Recipient

Indianapolis Fruit Company

Patrick Morris

Patrick Morris

2011 Recipient

Sunshine Bouquet

Kellen Stailey

Kellen Stailey

2011 Recipient

Sunshine Bouquet

Julia Inestroza

Julia Inestroza

2010 Recipient

Gourmet Trading Company

Tracie Levin

Tracie Levin

2010 Recipient

M. Levin Co., Inc.