The USPOULTRY Foundation recently awarded a student recruiting grant to Clemson University. The $2,995 grant will be used to recruit students into Clemson’s poultry program. 

The grant check was presented by Mark Ham, president of American Proteins, to Paula Beecher, student advisor at Clemson. Also participating in the check presentation were Kim Arp, director of development, College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Science, and student Rebecca Stuart. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from the Leland Bagwell Education & Innovation Fund, named in honor of the founder of American Proteins. The recruiting grant check presentations were part of the College Student Career Program activities at the 2018 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.


Clemson offers a number of poultry science courses for students enrolled in its Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department. The funds will be used to create new recruitment material for prospective students and other activities involving junior colleges in the state. Dr. Glenn Birrenkott, an academic advisor in the department, expressed that incoming students see the promising future of the industry. “For the first time in many years, we have students entering our program (freshmen and transfer students) who are focused on careers in the poultry industry,” he shared.

The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded recruiting grants totaling $282,500 for the 2017-18 school year to 35 colleges and universities across the United States with either a poultry science department or a poultry studies program. 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.