The Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Illinois Purebred Swine Council have designated $9,500 in scholarships for students within  the  pork industry. 

The two scholarship programs available to college students enrolling in this fall include IPPA Scholarships and Ryan & Friends Scholarships. The deadline for applications of both scholarships is April 1.

“These scholarship programs are an excellent way to reward students who have been involved in the pork industry through various youth activities,” says Mike Borgic, IPPA director of membership & outreach. “IPPA is pleased to offer these scholarships as a way of assisting pork producer families in paying rising college costs.”

Nine students will receive a share of the $7,500 to be awarded through the IPPA Scholarship program. Those scholarships will be awarded as follows: three Gold Scholarships at $1,250 each; three Silver Scholarships at $750 each; three Bronze Scholarships at $500 each. Funding for these scholarships is made possible through the Keppy Foundation.

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or enroll with the fall 2010 school year. IPPA Scholarships are open to students pursuing any undergraduate degree at any two-year or four-year college. Previous winners are only eligible to receive a scholarship of a greater value. Applicants must submit a completed application form, transcripts; and a list of activities. In addition applicants must submit a typed essay identifying how the pork industry has positively influenced his or her life.

The Illinois Purebred Swine Council is sponsoring the Ryan & Friends Scholarship. It will award a total of four, $500 scholarships. Applicants must be attending a university, college or community college for the 2010 fall semester. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member.

Students applying for the Ryan & Friends Scholarship must complete an application form and a typed essay identifying the reason they want to pursue a career in production agriculture, as well as provide transcripts, list of achievements and activities, and statement of financial need. Top applicants will be called in for interviews by the Ryan & Friends Scholarship committee.

For more information or an application visit IPPA's Web site or contact the IPPA office at (217) 529-3100.

Source: IPPA