The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is seeking students to become part of its Pork Mentoring Class of 2014.
If students are connected to agriculture and believe in the future of the pork industry, they are encouraged to apply, says Kyla Wize, NPPA's youth education director. Scholarships worth $500 are available for college-age students who have an interest in the pork industry. "They don't have to be a pork producer, either," she adds.
Applications are due Dec. 5. Students may apply for this opportunity by requesting an application by emailing Wize at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NPPA mentor program is directed by Wize. "The NPPA mentor program is more than just a scholarship. It's a way for students to build their capacity as a leader and professional in the swine and agriculture industries in Nebraska," she says. The program provides students an opportunity to identify future career goals and to evolve into strong agricultural advocates."
The program was established in 1999. To date, more than 110 students have completed the program and over $55,000 in scholarships have been awarded, according to Wize.
Each year the students participate in activities that encourage personal growth, leadership development, community engagement, and expand their knowledge of the pork industry.
The$500 scholarship is awarded to each mentor upon the completion of the year-long program.
The Nebraska Pork Producers Association was established 1961 to promote the pork industry through the enhancement of consumer demand, producer education and research. For more information, visit NPPA's website at www.NEpork.org.