The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded student recruiting grants totaling $383,577 to six U.S. universities with Poultry Science departments and 29 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

$28,587

Ingram Farms

Mississippi State University

$30,447

Sanderson Farms

North Carolina State University

$37,388

Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Texas A&M

$42,898

Tyson Foods

University of Arkansas

$33,309

Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund

University of Georgia

$27,370

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

The 29 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.

$7,000

Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund

Alcorn State University, Miss.

$4,620

Peco Foods

California Polytechnic State University

$10,000

AJC International

California State University– Fresno

$7,000

Agri Stats, Inc.

Clemson University, S.C.

$3,010

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

Eastern Oklahoma State College

$2,995

Simmons Foods

Iowa State University

$7,000

West Liberty Foods

Jones Junior College, Miss.

$1,300

Wayne Farms LLC

Kansas State University

$6,800

Cargill

Louisiana State University

$7,000

Sanderson Farms

McNeese State University, La.

$3,000

Cal-Maine Foods

Middle Tennessee State

$10,000

Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

Modesto Junior College, Calif.

$7,000

USPOULTRY Staff

Murray State University, Ky.

$7,000

Shepard Exposition Services

North Carolina A&T State University

$6,820

Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Penn State University

$10,000

Perdue Farms

Purdue University, In.

$7,000

Jay Houchin Family

Sam Houston State University, Texas

$7,000

Jerry and Cherie Moye

Southern Arkansas University

$7,000

George’s, Inc.

Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas

$7,000

Frost PLLC

Tennessee Technological University

$7,000

Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

University of Delaware

$7,000

Valley Proteins

University of Florida

$5.998

Claxton Poultry

University of North Georgia

$7,000

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

University of Illinois Urbana

$6,000

Koch Foods

University of Tennessee

$7,000

Centurion Poultry

University of Tennessee – Martin

$5,125

Pilgrim’s

Wallace State Community College, Ala.

$6,720

Peco Foods

Wayne Community College, N.C.

$2,189

Prestage Farms

Wilkes Community College, N.C.

$7,000

Case Foods

“It is critical that we attract bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry. We need sharp young managers to join our companies, as they will be the future leaders of our industry. USPOULTRY Foundation recruitment grants are fundamental in encouraging students to enroll in industry-related studies and later become our future industry leaders,” said Tom Hensley, Fieldale Farms 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.