The Pork Checkoff has awarded 22 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry's future leaders. Successful applicants were selected from a pool of 35 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and future plans for a career in pork production.

"The 2016 scholarship winners will positively impact the swine industry in the future," said the National Pork Board President Derek Sleezer, a pork producer from Cherokee, Iowa. "We have an ongoing obligation to producers to help develop the next generation of pork producers. The goal is to ensure a sustainable source of leaders who will be ready to produce safe, wholesome food in a socially responsible way."
 
The 22 student recipients hail from 10 states and 15 universities and represent five different majors in swine-related fields. Click here for the list of recipients. 

"The next generation of industry leaders will face new challenges, so we definitely need a skilled workforce and strong leadership," Sleezer said. "We are excited that this group of young people look at pork not just as a food choice, but also as a career path. On behalf of the Pork Checkoff, the National Pork Board and the pork industry, I congratulate this year's Pork Industry Scholarship recipients and look forward to welcoming them into our industry in the future."