The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a student recruiting grant to Crowder College in Missouri. The $6,685 grant will be used to recruit students into Crowder College’s poultry program.

The grant check was presented at the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo and was made possible in part from an endowing Foundation gift from the Hollis P. Osborne Family. Hollis Osborne was a leader in the poultry industry and served as president and chief executive officer of Moark for many years.

Crowder College began offering an associate’s degree in poultry science in 2015. The college plans to use the grant funds to expose students to the poultry industry by visiting several poultry farms and processing plants in the area and conducting on-campus poultry field trials. The funds will also allow the college to recruit potential poultry science students at events such as the Missouri FFA Convention and other local expos and fairs.

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 student recruiting program dates back to 1994 when the USPOULTRY board of directors established the Foundation to provide annual recruiting funds to attract students to poultry studies and ultimately into careers in the poultry industry.