There is $9,500 in scholarships awaiting college students. The Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Illinois Purebred Swine Council have two scholarship programs available to students who will be enrolled in college this next fall– IPPA Scholarships and Ryan & Friends Scholarships. The deadline for applications of both is May 16.

"These scholarships are an excellent way to reward students who have been involved in the pork industry through youth activities," says David Dedert, IPPA youth committee chairman.

Nine students will share in the $7,500 available through IPPA's program. 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 are made possible through the Keppy Foundation.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or to begin in the fall (2005) to be eligible. IPPA Scholarships are open to students pursuing any undergraduate degree at any two-year or four-year college. Any previous winner could only receive a scholarship of a greater value. Applicants must submit a completed application form; a typed essay identifying the greatest challenge facing the Illinois pork industry; school transcript; and a list of activities.

IPPA and the Illinois Purebred Swine Council also sponsor the Ryan & Friends Scholarship, which awards a total of four, $500 scholarships. Applicants must be attending a university, college or community college for the 2005 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 why they want to pursue a career in production agriculture. They must provide transcripts, list of achievements and activities, and statement of financial need. Top applicants will be called in for interviews.

For more information or an application visit www.ilpork.com or contact the IPPA office at (217) 529-3100.