Kikkoman Foods Foundation established the Patrick J. Lucey Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2014 to honor Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey who died earlier that year.
Lucey recruited Kikkoman to Walworth, Wisconsin, in 1972, and the company has since grown to be the world’s largest naturally brewed soy sauce plant.
Lucey had a long career of public service to Wisconsin and the nation. He started in politics by serving one term in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1949-1951, followed by being elected lieutenant governor from 1965-1967. He was elected governor of Wisconsin twice and served from 1971-1977, when he was appointed as ambassador to Mexico by President Jimmy Carter. In 1980, he ran unsuccessfully for the vice presidency of the United States as an independent with presidential candidate John Anderson.