The National Pork Producers Council is rolling out the application process for the 2012 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program.

NPPC first introduced its Pork Industry Scholarship Program in 1990 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Live Hog Futures. It is designed to recognize outstanding youth in the pork community, with an emphasis on talented and thoughtful students who may emerge as industry leaders someday.

In all, four, $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to pursue a career in the pork industry. More details are available by clicking here. 

To be eligible you must:

1. Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture;

2. Write a brief letter indicating what role you see yourself playing in the pork industry after graduation;

3. Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue you see confronting the pork industry today or in the future - and offer your solutions;

4. Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals;

5. Prepare a cover sheet with your: name; complete mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address; school name; year in school; permanent mailing address and telephone number; Social Security Number.

For more information on the scholarships and submission instructions, click here. You also may e-mail Craig Boelling at All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 20, 2012

NPPC will administer the program, read the essays and select the winners. Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity or expression, persuasiveness, originality and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Denver, Colo., on March 1-3.