The USPOULTRY Foundation has awarded a $3,000 student recruiting grant to Stephen F. Austin State University. The grant was made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Frost PLLC, a financial services provider that specializes in family businesses, manufacturing, food and agriculture. The funds will be used to host a College Experience Day for high school students and to assist in other recruitment activities.

“This grant is so vital to our program for recruiting and retaining good quality poultry science students. Recruitment is an important part of my job and can be a difficult task with limited resources. Your continuing support has definitely had a positive impact on our students and our program,” said Dr. Joey Bray, interim department chair and associate professor/director of poultry science at Stephen F. Austin State University.

In 2016, the USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling $291,000 to 32 colleges and universities across the United States with a poultry science department or industry related degree program. The Harold E. Ford Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants are made possible by gifts to the foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.