The Minnesota Pork Board will award $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are pursuing careers with an emphasis in pork. Among the many qualifying educational pursuits are agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, environmental sciences, nutrition, and large animal veterinary medicine.

The scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2013. Applicants must be Minnesota residents who are attending a two- or four-year institution and pursuing an undergraduate degree that focuses on swine production or related field.

Applicants entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of college are eligible to apply.

To apply for the scholarships, 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 the issue, two letters of reference and a professional resume.

For more information or application material contact Jill Resler, Minnesota Pork Board Director of Education at (507) 345-8814 or jill@mnpork.com. To download application material, go to mnpork.com.