The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a student recruiting grant to Purdue University, and the check presentation was held during College Student Career Program activities at the 2018 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo. The grant was made possible in part from an endowing Foundation gift from Midwest Poultry Services. The $6,865 grant will be used to recruit students into the university’s poultry program.
Indiana has a vibrant poultry industry, and many students attend Purdue University to study animal science. The USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grant will provide current and potential students with exposure to the poultry industry as a viable career option. One funded program, “The Poultry Industry in a Shell,” provides students with the opportunity to interact with industry leaders throughout the school year. Funds will also be used for several field trips to farms and processing facilities.
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.