The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a student recruiting grant to the University of North Georgia. The $7,000 grant will be used to recruit students into the university’s poultry program. 

The grant check was presented by Mark Ham, president of American Proteins, to Linda Purvis, student advisor for the University of North Georgia. Several students also participated in the check presentation. The grant was made possible in part from 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 College Student Career Program activities at the 2018 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.


One of the University of North Georgia’s five campuses is located in Gainesville, Ga., which is known as the Poultry Capital of the World. Students have the ability to complete an associate of science degree with an emphasis in poultry science. The grant will be used to print additional program marketing materials, host a Youth Poultry 101 Day, and more.

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.