Alfred and Frieda Caplan
Frieda is the founder and owner of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, the first produce importer in the United States founded by a woman and the first to import the kiwifruit. Frieda also supports the Department of Jewish Studies at CSULB. Frieda established the Alfred Caplan Memorial Opera Scholarship in memory of her late husband. Alfred, a labor rights activist and union organizer who worked with Cesar Chavez, was the very first Opera Scholarship donor at CSULB. Mrs. Caplan is passionate about education, music, and civil liberties.
In 2016-17 the Alfred Caplan Opera Scholarship awarded one scholarship for $2,000.