The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $28,587 student recruiting grant to the Auburn University Department of Poultry Science. The grant was made possible in part from an endowing Foundation gift from Ingram Farms.

Auburn University is one of six universities in the United States that has a department dedicated to poultry science. Dr. William “Bill” Dozier, department head and director for the Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center, states that the gift will help support the university’s recruitment efforts, including visits to local high schools and community colleges and travel to key industry events throughout the country.

“We are very appreciative of the funds from the USPOULTRY Foundation to support the departmental recruitment of future leaders of the poultry industry,” remarked Dozier. “These funds will be used for recruiting activities related to transfer student exploration day, virtual student tours, virtual teacher training, high school and community college visits, attendance at the National FFA Convention and Expo and National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference, and recruitment materials.”

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In September 2019, the USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling $383,577 to 35 colleges and universities across the United States with a poultry science department or industry-related degree program. The USPOULTRY Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants are made possible by gifts to the Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years from the International Poultry Expo.