Recognizing the tightening supply of future pork-industry based graduates, the National Pork Board has announced it will offer scholarships to up to 25 students considering a graduate-degree program in a swine science discipline or planning a career in the pork industry. The $2,000-pork industry scholarships will be awarded for the 2006/2007 school year to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students.

“Developing tomorrow’s leaders is one of the critical issues NPB’s producer leaders identified for the pork industry in 2006,” says Wayne Peugh, NPB president. “The future of our industry depends on a sustainable source of trained human capital."

Several reports have pointed to the growing void that agriculture faces in the years ahead. “The (pork) industry needs production professionals, managers, researchers, veterinarians, animal scientists, educators and other professionals to remain competitive domestically and internationally,” notes Peugh. “We hope to attract young leaders to our industry by showing them our support and helping them finance their education.”

Applicants considering careers in agricultural business, ag engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, bio-informatics, environmental sciences, nutrition, reproduction and other related fields are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. 

“NPB funds several other programs aimed at shaping industry leaders. The Pork Leadership Academy and our support of FFA’s LifeKnowledge are among them,” says Peugh. “We’ve targeted young leaders that are already associated with our industry or agriculture.  Through these scholarships we are trying to reach those that may have not yet made up their minds to enter these fields.”

Undergraduate students interested in applying for NPB's Pork Industry Scholarships can visit NPB's Web site at www.pork.org or call (800) 456-PORK. Registration, and more information, is available online at http://www.pork.org/PorkScience/scholarship.

 Source: National Pork Board