The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded student recruiting grants totaling more than $328,300 to six U.S. universities with Poultry Science departments and 28 other institutions with industry-related programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting and retention funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants were made possible in part by gifts to the USPOULTRY Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.

The six poultry science departments receiving the grants are:

University

Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Auburn University

$25,195

Ingram Farms

Mississippi State University

$25,671

Sanderson Farms

North Carolina State University

$30,642

Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Texas A&M

$39,494

Tyson Foods

University of Arkansas

$28,123

Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund

University of Georgia

$25,875

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund


The 28 other institutions with industry-related programs receiving recruiting and retention grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program are:

Institution

Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Ga.

$6,000

Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund

California Polytechnic State University

$10,000

AJC International

California State University– Fresno

$7,000

Agri Stats, Inc.

Clemson University, S.C.

$2,005

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

Eastern Oklahoma State College

$2,100

Simmons Foods

Iowa State University

$7,000

West Liberty Foods

Jones Junior College, Miss.

$1,300

Wayne Farms LLC

Kansas State University

$4,490

Cargill

Louisiana State University

$7,000

Sanderson Farms

McNeese State University, La.

$1,390

Cal-Maine Foods

Michigan State University

$4,620

Morris & Associates

Middle Tennessee State

$6,918

Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

Modesto Junior College, Calif.

$7,000

USPOULTRY Staff

North Carolina A&T

$6,820

Pilgrim’s

Ohio State University

$7,000

Cooper Family Foundation

Oklahoma State University

$3,227

George’s Inc.

Penn State University

$10,000

Perdue Farms

Sam Houston State University, Texas

$2,310

Jerry and Cherie Moye

Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas

$7,000

Frost PLLC

Tennessee Technological University

$7,000

Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff

$2,310

George’s Inc.

University of Delaware

$7,000

Valley Proteins

University of North Georgia

$7,000

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

University of Illinois Urbana

$6,000

Koch Foods

University of Tennessee

$4,620

Centurion Poultry

Wallace State Community College, Ala.

$5,000

Peco Foods

Wayne Community College, N.C.

$4,190

Prestage Farms

Wilkes Community College, N.C.

$7,000

Case Foods


“It is crucial that we attempt to interest bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry. We need bright young managers to join our companies, as they will be the future leaders of our industry. USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grants play a fundamental role in encouraging students to enroll in industry-related studies and in becoming future industry leaders of tomorrow,” said Jerry Moye, Hendrix Genetics, and USPOULTRY Foundation chairman.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association established the USPOULTRY Foundation in 1994 to provide student recruiting funds to universities with poultry science departments. In 2004, the Poultry Science Education Funding Program, now named the Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program, was added to the Foundation’s umbrella so other colleges and universities that offer industry-related studies are eligible to apply for recruiting grants.