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Leungs Become Part of USF World Community
July 20, 2011

Tony and Connie Leung, owners of the Sanwa Farmer’s Market on Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa, have generously agreed to donate a $100,000 endowment for study abroad scholarships. The Leung Global Experience Scholarship is expected to support up to eight students per year on any USF sponsored program. The Leung family believes that exploring new cultures through international travel and study is very important to a well-rounded education. “To travel a thousand miles is better than reading a thousand pages” said Connie Leung.

Firmly rooted in the Tampa Bay community, all three children in the Leung family have attended school in the Tampa area and taken courses at USF. This is not the first gift the Leung  family  have  made to USF. In 2009 they generously supported a two year scholarship for USF students interested in studying in China.

Founded in 1981 by Tony Leung, Sanwa Growers Inc. has over the last three decades become a full-service delivery supplier to restaurants and small wholesale markets from its beginnings as a farming business. It also provides fresh produce, meat and groceries to individual customers at wholesale prices at the Sanwa  Farmers’s  Market location. They are also developers for local restaurants including the Yummy House and Country Pumpkin Café. Today, the company spans 200 acres of farmland and greenhouses in Wimauma and Ruskin, with three offices in Florida and one in Georgia. Natives of Hong Kong, Tony and Connie Leung are graduates from the University of Guelph in Canada.

Awarded one of eight ‘Best Minority-Owned Business’ titles by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2002, the Leungs contribute much more to the Tampa Bay community beyond their businesses. Among the several not-for-profit projects that they support are a local shelter for abused women and children; a community health center; a sheriff’s program for children; migrant worker child care centers.