The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded student recruiting grants totaling $302,510 to six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 20 other institutions with industry-related programs. The USPOULTRY Foundation provides annual recruiting and retention funds to colleges and universities to attract or connect students to its poultry programs or the industry. 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 from 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

$27,571

Ingram Farms

Mississippi State University

$32,025

Sanderson Farms

North Carolina State University

$33,695

Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Texas A&M

$46,333

Tyson Foods

University of Arkansas

$34,642

Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund

University of Georgia

$25,734

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

 

The 20 other institutions with industry-related programs receiving recruiting and retention grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program are:

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Institution

Grant Amount

Grant Made Possible in Part by:

Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Ga.

$1,000

Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund

California State University– Fresno

$4,620

Agri Stats, Inc.

Clemson University 

$2,570

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

Iowa State University

$4,620

West Liberty Foods

Louisiana State University

$7,000

Sanderson Farms

Missouri State University

$7,000

Simmons Foods

Modesto Junior College, Calif.

$4,620

USPOULTRY Staff

Middle Tennessee State University

$10,000

Pilgrim’s 

North Carolina A&T State University

$2,500

Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Pennsylvania State University

$7,900

Perdue Farms

Purdue University, In.

$7,000

Jay Houchin Family

Sam Houston State University, Texas

$7,000

Jerry and Cherie Moye

Southern University, Louisiana

$4,620

Pilgrim’s

Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas

$4,600

Frost PLLC

Tennessee Technological University

$1,677

Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

University of Mount Olive, N.C.

$4,620

Perdue Farms

University of North Georgia

$7,000

Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

University of Tennessee - Martin

$5,000

Pilgrim’s

University of Tennessee

$2,163

Centurion Poultry

Wilkes Community College, N.C.

$7,000

Case Farms


“It continues to be very important that we interest 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 recruiting grants are essential in helping colleges and universities encourage students to enroll in industry-related studies,” said John Prestage, Prestage 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.