Des Moines, Iowa (Oct. 3, 2023) – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is now accepting the 2024 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship applications. Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with aspirations to become industry leaders. CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation sponsor the scholarships.
“Our industry is evolving, and the success of America’s pork farming will depend on the next generation of leaders,” said Scott Hays, NPPC president and pork producer from Monroe City, Missouri. “That is why the Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship is important because it inspires and supports students seeking careers in the pork industry.”
Any undergraduate student enrolled in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture is welcome to apply. Applicants are evaluated by essay submissions that describe current or future issues confronting the pork industry with proposed solutions. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Chicago, Illinois on March 6-8, 2024.
Introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC, the scholarship program honors NPPC’s former board director, Lois Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture. Britt spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, followed by 15 years with Smithfield Hog Production doing public and government relations. A few of her many achievements include induction into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame and the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award.
Full eligibility and application requirements can be found here. Application deadline is January 2, 2024. Please contact Julie Schwalbe, NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, with questions about the scholarship at 515-645-9659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.