IFA Foundation Announces Recipients of the Arthur Karp Research Award and CFE Scholarships

February 22, 2018


Jenna Weisbord, 310-995-0839


IFA Foundation Announces Recipients of the Arthur Karp Research Award and CFE Scholarships


WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 - The IFA Foundation has given the Arthur Karp Research Award to two individuals. Marko Grünhagen, Ph.D., professor of Marketing & Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Eastern Illinois University’s Lumpkin College of Business & Applied Sciences, and Dr. Manuel González-Díaz, professor of Organizational Economics School of Economics and Business at the University of Oviedo in Spain, received the award. The Karp Award was established in honor of the IFA Foundation’s first Chairman, Arthur Karp, who was Chairman of the Great American Cookie Company. The award honors outstanding academic achievement in the form of applied research in franchising.


The Foundation has also granted the Irl Marshall Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) Scholarship to Heather Todd, Franchise Consultant with the Mr. Electric division of the Dwyer Group. The scholarship awards $2,500 to a student enrolled in the CFE program, and the money can be applied toward tuition costs for programs offered by ICFE.


Natalie Nguyen, Franchise Recruitment Coordinator for Outdoor Living Brands was awarded the Gray Plant Mooty CFE Scholarship. This scholarship, generously funded by the Gray Plant Mooty Foundation, supports talented recipients, primarily from emerging franchisors, in their pursuit of professional education.


To learn more about the IFA Foundation’s Scholarships and apply, please visit https://www.franchisefoundation.org/scholarships.




About the IFA Franchise Education & Research Foundation
Founded in 1983, the International Franchise Association (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and supported through the generous contributions of IFA members and others. The Foundation’s mission is to advance franchising and the free enterprise system by increasing the knowledge and professional standards of all members of the franchising community; educating the next generation of franchise practitioners; increasing recognition of franchising’s key role in the free enterprise system; and providing comprehensive information and research about important developments and trends in franchising.


About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating 56 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.