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:


Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Auburn University


Ingram Farms

Mississippi State University


Sanderson Farms

North Carolina State University


Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Texas A&M


Tyson Foods

University of Arkansas


Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund

University of Georgia


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:



Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Ga.


Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund

Alcorn State University, Miss.


Peco Foods

California Polytechnic State University


AJC International

California State University– Fresno


Agri Stats, Inc.

Clemson University, S.C.


Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

Eastern Oklahoma State College


Simmons Foods

Iowa State University


West Liberty Foods

Jones Junior College, Miss.


Wayne Farms LLC

Kansas State University



Louisiana State University


Sanderson Farms

McNeese State University, La.


Cal-Maine Foods

Middle Tennessee State


Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

Modesto Junior College, Calif.



Murray State University, Ky.


Shepard Exposition Services

North Carolina A&T State University


Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Penn State University


Perdue Farms

Purdue University, In.


Jay Houchin Family

Sam Houston State University, Texas


Jerry and Cherie Moye

Southern Arkansas University


George’s, Inc.

Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas


Frost PLLC

Tennessee Technological University


Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

University of Delaware


Valley Proteins

University of Florida


Claxton Poultry

University of North Georgia


Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

University of Illinois Urbana


Koch Foods

University of Tennessee


Centurion Poultry

University of Tennessee – Martin



Wallace State Community College, Ala.


Peco Foods

Wayne Community College, N.C.


Prestage Farms

Wilkes Community College, N.C.


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.