IMPPA Scholarship

These $1,000 scholarships are available to anyone with a connection to the IMPPA. The number of scholarships given each year is at the discretion of the board of directors. This scholarship is not limited to meat science, and can be used in any accredited school for further education. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the IMPPA Convention along with their sponsor plant.

Veronica Barnhill

Sponsor Plant: The Butcher Block, Lowell, IN

Thank you so much to IMPPA and their sponsors for this scholarship and the amazing opportunity! I am currently a sophomore at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond studying Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. This scholarship will help me further my education at Purdue and allow me to take more classes than anticipated so I can graduate sooner! This scholarship will also help me fund my participation in PNW's chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) this semester.

Johnathon Robinson

Sponsor Plant: Fisher Packing, Portland, IN

Gabriela Sander

Sponsor Plant: Sander Processing, Celestine, IN

Anna Wagner

Sponsor Plant: Merkley & Sons, Jasper, IN

Haley Schroeder

Sponsor Plant: Merkley & Sons, Jasper, IN

Haley is the 19-year-old daughter of Julie and Terry Schroeder. Her father, Terry has been an employee of Merkley & Sons for over 40 years.  She is from Jasper, Indiana where she attended Jasper High School. Haley is currently attending Western Kentucky University. She was on the JHS Golf Team, Student Council, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Prom Committee, Baseball Batgirl, Hoosier All-State Delegate, Peer Mentors, NCCA Student Advisory Committee, Spanish Club, FCA, SADD, Key Club and a Memorial Hospital Volunteer. Haley has always had an empathy and compassion in helping others, and that is why she chose nursing as her major. In her spare time, she is involved in various philanthropy activities that support awareness in Child Abuse Prevention, Arthritis Foundation, Speech and Hearing Impaired, and Wounded Warrior Project to name a few. She enjoys being busy and loves spending time with her family when she is home.

Lakeisha Smith

Sponsor Plant: Manley Meats, Decatur, IN

Lakeisha is a full-time student at Ivy Tech Community College. She plans on graduating in December with her associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. She then plans on transferring to Trine University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology. Afterwards she plans to possibly go on to earn her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Lakeisha is not sure what exact career she wants to follow after completing school, but she is very passionate about both criminal justice and psychology, and because there is such a stigma surrounding mental illness in the criminal justice system, she hopes to one day help end the stigma and provide both offenders and law enforcement with the help and resources they need.

Paige Andrews

Sponsor Plant: Merkley & Sons

Darell Austin Dewig

Sponsor Plant: Dewig Meats

Cassidy Emenhiser

Sponsor Plant: Manley Meats

Kenzie Emerick

Sponsor Plant: Beutler Meats

Lindsey Manley

Sponsor Plant: Manley Meats

Taylor Robinson

Sponsor Plant: Fisher Packing

Austin Sander

Sponsor Plant: Sander Processing

Wilson Lopshire

Sponsor Plant: W&W Locker

Kiersten Haas

Sponsor Plant: Sander Processing

Andrew Dilts

Haley Hoffman

Jacob Kolb

Meghan Manley

Sara Mehringer