New pork scholarships for college students now available

By Pork news staffAcademic research

All college juniors and seniors who plan to pursue a career in pork production management or a related field, or who will be seeking to attend graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine, are invited to submit an application for one of the 19 available scholarships sponsored by the National Pork Board/National Pork Checkoff, PIC and Pioneer.

Application guidelines should be followed and may be submitted online using this form. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 1 Scholarship recipients will be notified in December.

“This is an extremely important part of what we do on behalf of America’s pork producers,” said Mark Knauer, NPB’s animal science director. “Encouraging young people to continue their education in swine-related fields helps to ensure that we have a steady pipeline of experts in areas critical to the industry’s future success.”

The top application will be awarded a scholarship of $5,000, and a scholarship of $3,500 will be awarded to the first runner-up. All other scholarships awarded are $2,000.

Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are:

  • Members of a family in or associated with pork production;
  • Members of a family associated with allied industry or the marketing segments of the pork industry;
  • Active or past members of industry youth leadership development programs with emphasis on swine;
  • Experienced in previous swine-specific internships.

Interested parties can direct specific questions to Lana Modlin at or (515) 223-2609.