The USPOULTRY Foundation has awarded a $19,043 student recruiting grant to the University of Arkansas’ poultry science department.

Such funds from the USPOULTRY Foundation are vital in the university’s outreach to K-12 youth and community college students, according to Dr. Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the university. “These funds give us the means to develop forums to attract and explain the vast and lucrative career possibilities that a poultry science major can provide," said Kidd. "Moreover, it’s a testament that the U.S. poultry industry wants to help us recruit today’s youth, contribute to their education and develop future leaders in these careers."

The USPOULTRY Foundation board recently approved student recruiting grants totaling more than $180,000 to six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 14 other institutions with poultry programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.