The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has awarded scholarships to four college students who intend to pursue careers in the pork industry. The winners were named at the National Pork Industry Forum held in Denver March 1-3.

The winners of the $2,500 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarships – named after the late National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) vice president from Mt. Olive, N.C. – are:

  • Karl Kerns from Clearfield, Iowa, a sophomore at Iowa State University.
  • Jennifer Haugland from Belgrade, Mont., a junior at Montana State University.
  • Becca Moest from Winslow, Ill., a junior at Iowa State University.
  • AnnaMarie Samson from Three Forks, Mont., a senior at Montana State University.

Introduced in 1990 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CME live hog futures, the program enhances students who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry and who may one day emerge as industry leaders.

“These outstanding young people represent the future of the U.S. pork industry,” said outgoing NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. “They are the next generation of leaders, and NPPC and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are pleased to recognize their commitment to the pork industry with these scholarships.”

To be eligible, students must be undergraduates in a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture, provide a brief letter describing their expected role in the pork industry and write an essay on an issue affecting the pork industry, In addition, candidates must submit two letters of reference from professors or industry professionals.

The National Pork Producers Council administers the selection process.