The Pork Checkoff is offering scholarships to up to 25 students considering a graduate degree program in a swine science discipline or planning a career in the pork industry. The Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded for the 2006-2007 school year to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students.
"The industry needs production professionals, managers, researchers, veterinarians, animal scientists, educators and other professionals to remain competitive domestically and internationally," says Wayne Peugh, a producer from Illinois and president of the National Pork Board. "We hope to attract young leaders to our industry by showing them our support and helping them finance their education."
Applicants considering careers in agricultural business, agriculture engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, bioinformatics, environmental sciences, nutrition, reproduction and other related fields are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.
Peugh says the Pork Board is offering the scholarships to reach those individuals who have not yet made up their minds on entering the swine profession.
The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2006. Undergraduate students interested in applying for the Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Scholarships can visit the pork.org Web site or call the Pork Checkoff at (800) 456-PORK. Registration, and more information, is available online at www.pork.org/PorkScience/scholarship.