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 to receive grants are:
Made possible by
Mississippi State University
North Carolina State University
Stanley & Dorothy Frank Farm Family Foundation
University of Arkansas
Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund
University of Georgia
Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
A further 28 institutions with industry-related programs receiving recruiting and retention grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program.
Jerry Moye, Hendrix Genetics, and USPOULTRY Foundation chairman, said: “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.”
US 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.