Mountaire awards $80,000 in scholarship funds

32 students receive funds to pay for college.

Mountaire Farms, the nation’s fourth-largest chicken company, recently announced that 32 students will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to help them pay for college.

Children and grandchildren of employees, growers and grain producers were eligible for the scholarship. Winners on Delmarva will be invited to Mountaire’s Faith and Family Night at the Delmarva Shorebirds on June 15th, where they will be recognized on-field before the game and enjoy dinner with Mountaire executives. In North Carolina, scholarship winners will be honored at Mountaire’s Faith and Family Night at the Fayetteville Woodpeckers game on Saturday, August 3, 2024.

“We are proud of this program because it embraces everything that we care about–our employees, our growers, our grain producers, and their families,” said Phillip Plylar, president & CEO of Mountaire Farms. “These students have all demonstrated a commitment to their education and their communities, which we believe should be celebrated.”

2024 Scholarship Recipients North Carolina

  • Jaylyn Baldwin, Greensboro, NC: Sophomore at East Carolina University, studying healthcare. Mother: Jessica Moore, Siler City processing plant.
  • Macy Chapman, Taylorsville, NC: Sophomore at North Carolina State University, pursuing ag education. Parents: Breeder growers for Mountaire.
  • Trace Chatham, Hiddenite, NC: Sophomore at Wilkes Community College, studying agri-business. Family: Breeder growers for Mountaire.
  • Tylie Chatham, Hiddenite, NC: Graduate of Alexander Central High School, attending Wilkes Community College for agri-business. Family: Breeder growers for Mountaire.
  • Cheyenne Childers, Taylorsville, NC: Attending North Carolina A&T State University for agri-business and animal science. Parents: Breeder growers for Mountaire.
  • Kaley Elliott, Denton, NC: Graduate of Southwestern Randolph High School, attending High Point University for tourism and event management. Father: Jamie Elliott, grain producer for Mountaire.
  • Jailene Lemus Hurtado, Broadway, NC: Junior at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, aspiring nurse. Father: Juan Antonio Lemus Hurtado, Siler City processing plant.
  • Eric Inman, Bedford, TN: Graduate of Bradford High School, attending University of Memphis for architecture. Mother: Nicole Evans, Siler City processing plant.
  • Ro Liani, Laurinburg, NC: Graduate of Scotland County High School, attending University of North Carolina at Pembroke for medicine. Parents: Broiler growers for Mountaire.
  • Kristen Locklear, Shannon, NC: Graduate of Saint Paul’s High School, attending University of North Carolina at Pembroke for nursing. Father: Eugene Locklear, Lumber Bridge processing plant.
  • Kyra Locklear, Maxton, NC: Graduate of Purnell Swett High School, attending Campbell University for biology. Father: Fabian Locklear, Lumber Bridge processing plant.
  • Ann Nguyen, Hamlet, NC: Graduate of Richmond Senior High School, attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for public health. Parents: Broiler growers for Mountaire.
  • David Pickett, Rockingham, NC: Graduate of Richmond Senior High School, attending North Carolina A&T University for biology and bioengineering. Mother: Kathleen Wall, Lumber Bridge processing plant.
  • Leslie Ramirez, Sanford, NC: Graduate of Lee County Senior High School, attending Central Carolina Community College for business. Father: Florencio Ramirez Gonzalez, Siler City processing plant.
  • Emily Rubio Perez, Sanford, NC: Junior at Appalachian State University, studying history and social studies education. Father: Pablo Rubio, Siler City processing plant.
  • Kaylee Thomas, Fayetteville, NC: Graduate of Jack Britt High School, attending East Carolina University for biology or environmental engineering. Mother: Tiffany Thomas, Lumber Bridge processing plant.

2024 Scholarship Recipients on Delmarva

  • Kiersten Anderson, Millsboro, DE: Attending Delaware Technical and Community College for nursing. Father: Roland West, grain producer for Mountaire.
  • Camille Bello, Millsboro, DE: Junior at University of Delaware, majoring in Health Behavior Science. Mother: Lily Bello, purchasing at Mountaire in Selbyville.
  • Mindy Blevins, Selbyville, DE: Junior at Wilmington University, studying organizational leadership. Father: Charles Blevins, feed mill superintendent in Frankford.
  • Autumn Drew, Bishopville, MD: Sophomore at Wor-Wic Community College, majoring in environmental studies. Parents: Broiler growers for Mountaire in Selbyville.
  • Taylor Harding, Grasonville, MD: Graduate of Kent Island High School, attending Eastern University for nursing. Father: Erik Field, Wye Mills grain facility.
  • Raegan Kansak, Frankford, DE: Graduate of Indian River High School, attending University of Delaware for elementary education. Parents: Broiler growers for Mountaire in Selbyville.
  • Chase Murray, Georgetown, DE: Attending Delaware Technical and Community College for business. Family: Broiler growers for Mountaire.
  • Brock O’Day, Seaford, DE: Attending University of Kentucky for agri-business management. Father: William O’Day, grain producer for Mountaire.
  • Eunsol Park, Selbyville, DE: Recently immigrated from South Korea, attending Wor-Wic Community College for STEM and biochemistry. Mother: Kim Miri, Selbyville processing plant.
  • Ethan Patey, Delmar, DE: Graduating from Delaware Technical Community College with an associate’s in agri-business management, attending Salisbury University for a bachelor’s in business. Grandfather: Howard Webb, grain producer for Mountaire.
  • Tyler Patey, Delmar, DE: Attending Delaware Technical Community College for agri-business management. Grandfather: Howard Webb, grain producer for Mountaire.
  • Estrella Ramos, Selbyville, DE: Sophomore at Bridgewater College, studying music education. Mother: Julie Ramos, Millsboro processing plant.
  • Carson Rayne, Willards, MD: Attending University of Kentucky for agriculture science and business. Parents: Broiler growers for Mountaire.
  • Cecilia Uebel, Berlin, MD: Sophomore at University of Delaware, studying sustainable food systems. Father: Bostik Johnson, Selbyville processing plant.
  • Cade Vanderslice, Laurel, DE: Sophomore at Regent University, pursuing a career in agri-business. Father: Patrick Vanderslice, grow out team in Selbyville.
  • Lawrence Wilson, Salisbury, MD: Graduate of James M. Bennett High School, attending Towson University for business. Mother: Melissa Wilson, safety team in Millsboro.


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