Key to the pork industry’s future is the ability to draw young leaders into related areas of study and eventually professional careers. To assist in that effort, the Minnesota Pork Board is offering annual scholarships to the state’s youth who are pursuing careers in agriculture, with an emphasis in pork. In all, MPB will present seven, $1,000 scholarships this year.  

MPB points out that among the educational disciplines that qualify for scholarship consideration are: agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, livestock reproduction, large-animal veterinary medicine and other related fields.

Applications for the scholarship are due on May 15, and applicants must be Minnesota residents who are attending a two- or four-year institution and pursuing an undergraduate degree that focuses on pork production or a related field. MPB points out that applicants entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of college are eligible to apply. Note that individuals awarded a Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship can receive only one such scholarship during their post-secondary tenure.

To apply for the scholarships, qualified candidates must complete an application form, compose a letter indicating their plans for future involvement within pork production and/or the pork industry, submit an essay on a current or future pork industry challenge and their ideas for solving that challenge, two letters of reference and a professional resume.

For more information or to apply for the Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship, contact Jill Resler, MPB education director, at (800) 537-7678 or e-mail Application material can be downloaded here. Click on the ‘Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship’ headline.