College students studying for a career in the pork industry just got a new opportunity. The National Pork Board and industry partners will offer scholarships to college students considering a graduate degree program in swine science or a career in the pork industry. The Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Scholarships program will offer a $10,000 scholarship to the top applicant, $5,000 award to the runner-up and $2,500 awards to a minimum of 14 more students for the 2008-2009 school year. 

College students starting their sophomore, junior or senior year and considering careers in agricultural business, agriculture engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, reproduction, veterinary medicine and other related fields are encouraged to apply for the scholarships. 

"The competitiveness of our industry depends on a sustainable source of human capital," said Steve Weaver, newly-elected president of the National Pork Board and producer from California. "It is critical that we recruit talented young people into our industry at all levels. These scholarships will be granted to youth interested in production, management, research and veterinary medicine.

"These young students have taken the first step by choosing to enter agriculture, animal science or veterinary medicine for their studies," Weaver said. "We hope to interest them in narrowing their field to the pork industry. This year, PIC has joined us to offer an even greater program. We truly appreciate their support."

To apply for the Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Scholarships, click here. Scholarship applications and supporting materials must be received by Sept. 15. Scholarship will be awarded for the 2008-2009 school year.

Source: The National Pork Board