The USPOULTRY Foundation has approved student recruiting grants totaling approximately $160,000 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 15 other institutions with industry related programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.
The grants will help schools recruit students interested in poultry programs. USPOULTRY Foundation chairman Gary Cooper of Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio, said the foundation plays an important role in encouraging students to enroll in industry-related studies and become future industry leaders.
“It is vital that we continue to draw sharp young people to study for careers in the poultry industry. We need bright young managers to join our companies today, as they will eventually be the leaders of tomorrow," Cooper said.
The six poultry science departments receiving the grants are:
- Texas A&M, $24,910
- North Carolina State, $18,279
- University of Arkansas, $15,491
- Auburn University, $13,632
- Mississippi State, $14,477
- University of Georgia, $13,210
The 15 other institutions with industry related programs receiving recruiting grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Funding Program are:
- California State University, California – $7,000
- Clemson University, South Carolina – $2,500
- Crowder College, Missouri – $2,500
- Gainesville State College, Georgia – $2,000
- Iowa State University, Iowa – $2,000
- Jones Junior College, Mississippi – $2,400
- Louisiana State University, Louisiana – $7,000
- Modesto Junior College, California – $5,000
- National Park Community College, Arkansas – $6,500
- Penn State University, Pennsylvania – $7,000
- Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas – $3,000
- Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee – $2,500
- University of Delaware, Delaware – $4,600
- Wallace State Community College, Alabama – $2,000
- West Virginia University, West Virginia – $4,000
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. Applications must be submitted for these grants, which provide up to $7,000 each.