2018 National Pork Board Scholarships

2018 National Pork Board Scholarships

Originally published by Ag Daily Reporters:

The 2018 National Pork Board Scholarship is now opened. If you are a college junior or senior who has plans to pursue a career in swine production management or attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis in swine, the National Pork Board is offering some incentives.

The National Pork Board will award up to 21 scholarships in 2018 totaling $48,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500, and all others will receive $2,000.

“Developing human capital and identifying future leaders is critical to the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee understands this need and continues its commitment to recognize excellence and encourage students through awarding scholarships.”

The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online application form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship.

In addition to the application, each applicant must send two letters of recommendation and official university transcript. The deadline for the application is February 16, 2018. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April.

“Students who meet the scholarship criteria are encouraged to submit an application for consideration.” Hostetler said. “This is an excellent opportunity to provide financial assistance to students seeking swine-oriented careers.”

About 80 percent of the previous recipients of the Pork Industry Scholarship have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists, and management consultants.