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Partnership to Sponsor Pork Industry Scholarships

by 5m Editor
27 August 2008, at 2:27pm

US - Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has partnered with the Pork Checkoff and PIC to offer scholarships to sophomore, junior and senior level college students considering a graduate degree program in a swine science discipline or planning a career in the pork industry.


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"It is critical that we recruit talented young people into our industry at all levels. "The support of Pioneer and PIC allows us to offer very generous scholarship awards to tomorrow's pork industry leaders."
Steve Weaver, president of the National Pork Board

The Pork Industry Scholarship program will offer a $10,000 scholarship to the top applicant, a $5,000 award to the runner-up and $2,500 awards to a minimum of 17 other students, for the 2008-2009 school year.

The contribution by Pioneer will fund the $5,000 award in the program and the scholarship will be termed the Pioneer Hi-Bred Pork Industry Scholarship. PIC's generous contribution will fund one of the $2,500 awards.

The Pork Checkoff and its two industry partners have joined to address one of the pork industry's critical issues, the development of human capital. 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 and students considering a career in the pork industry are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.

"It is critical that we recruit talented young people into our industry at all levels," said Steve Weaver, president of the National Pork Board and producer from California. "The support of Pioneer and PIC allows us to offer very generous scholarship awards to tomorrow's pork industry leaders," Weaver said.

"I believe the program is very valuable and we encourage other organizations to join us in our efforts to continue to make this industry competitive through the development of a talented workforce," he added.

Sophomore, junior and senior level college students interested in applying for the Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Scholarships can visit http://www.pork.org/PorkScience/scholarship/ for information on how to apply and on the industry sponsors of these awards. Scholarship applications and supporting materials must be received by Sept. 15. Scholarship will be awarded for the 2008-2009 school year.

5m Editor