USPOULTRY Foundation Allocates $328,300 in Student Recruiting Grants

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The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded student recruiting grants totaling more than $328,300 to six U.S. universities with Poultry Science departments and 28 other institutions with industry-related programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting and retention funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants were made possible in part by gifts to the USPOULTRY Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.

The six poultry science departments receiving the grants are:

University

Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Auburn University $25,195 Ingram Farms
Mississippi State University $25,671 Sanderson Farms
North Carolina State University $30,642 Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation
Texas A&M $39,494 Tyson Foods
University of Arkansas $28,123 Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund
University of Georgia $25,875 Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

The 28 other institutions with industry-related programs receiving recruiting and retention grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program are:

Institution

Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Ga. $6,000 Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund
California Polytechnic State University $10,000 AJC International
California State University– Fresno $7,000 Agri Stats, Inc.
Clemson University, S.C. $2,005 Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
Eastern Oklahoma State College $2,100 Simmons Foods
Iowa State University $7,000 West Liberty Foods
Jones Junior College, Miss. $1,300 Wayne Farms LLC
Kansas State University $4,490 Cargill
Louisiana State University $7,000 Sanderson Farms
McNeese State University, La. $1,390 Cal-Maine Foods
Michigan State University $4,620 Morris & Associates
Middle Tennessee State $6,918 Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation
Modesto Junior College, Calif. $7,000 USPOULTRY Staff
North Carolina A&T $6,820 Pilgrim’s
Ohio State University $7,000 Cooper Family Foundation
Oklahoma State University $3,227 George’s Inc.
Penn State University $10,000 Perdue Farms
Sam Houston State University, Texas $2,310 Jerry and Cherie Moye
Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas $7,000 Frost PLLC
Tennessee Technological University $7,000 Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation
University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff $2,310 George’s Inc.
University of Delaware $7,000 Valley Proteins
University of North Georgia $7,000 Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
University of Illinois Urbana $6,000 Koch Foods
University of Tennessee $4,620 Centurion Poultry
Wallace State Community College, Ala. $5,000 Peco Foods
Wayne Community College, N.C. $4,190 Prestage Farms
Wilkes Community College, N.C. $7,000 Case Foods

“It is crucial that we attempt to interest bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry. We need bright young managers to join our companies, as they will be the future leaders of our industry. USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grants play a fundamental role in encouraging students to enroll in industry-related studies and in becoming future industry leaders of tomorrow,” said Jerry Moye, Hendrix Genetics, and USPOULTRY Foundation chairman.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association established the USPOULTRY Foundation in 1994 to provide student recruiting funds to universities with poultry science departments. In 2004, the Poultry Science Education Funding Program, now named the Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program, was added to the Foundation’s umbrella so other colleges and universities that offer industry-related studies are eligible to apply for recruiting grants.

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