The Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) has announced a $50,000 gift pledge over five years from Aviagen North America. The Continuing Education Endowment will support poultry science students who are interested in attending graduate school for M.S., Ph.D. and DVM degrees.

“Aviagen acknowledges the critical need for talented young scientists in the poultry breeder and poultry production industries,” said Kevin McDaniel, President of Aviagen North America, the global poultry breeding company based in Huntsville, Ala.

The Aviagen Continuing Education Endowment will support an undergraduate student entering his or her junior year or a beginning graduate student and is renewable for the following year subject to satisfactory academic progress. Preference will be given for students interested in the sciences necessary to continue at the graduate level in Poultry Science; these students are encouraged to apply for the Inaugural Aviagen Education Award. The endowment was made possible through the PSA Foundation Charting Our Course – Securing Future Leadership for Poultry Campaign (Capital Campaign).

“At Aviagen, we’re committed to encouraging upcoming generations of poultry professionals and helping them achieve their greatest potential,” said McDaniel. “The Continuing Education Endowment is one concrete way we are able to contribute to their success. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to participate in the endowment program.”

Nationwide student recruitment for the Aviagen Education Endowment Award is anticipated to begin in early spring of 2018, with the application process to be completed in the late spring. Aviagen North America and the PSA Foundation will announce the 2018 recipient during the PSA’s Annual Meeting.

The Capital Campaign was launched by the PSA Foundation in January 2015 and aims to develop scientific leaders in subject matter areas, such as poultry genetics, health and nutrition, and food safety and quality, for the poultry enterprise and allied industry. Funds of the Capital Campaign are used to award undergraduate internships, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, travel grants and preceptor/mentoring grants.