National Pork Producers Council announces scholarship


The National Pork Producers Council announced the 2019 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship, which is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council.

The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CME Hog Futures. The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt. Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture, spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, finishing out her career for 15 years with Smithfield Hog Production doing Public and Government Relations. 

Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they may emerge as future pork industry leaders themselves.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture and U.S. citizen. High school students are not eligible.
  • Write a brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.
  • Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.
  • Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.
  • Prepare a cover sheet with the following information: Name of Applicant, Name of School, Year in School, and Contact Information. 

Please submit the items listed above online or via e-mail to the address listed below. All entries must be sent by JANUARY 4, 2019 to be accepted.

To find out more information and application, check out their website. Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Orlando, FL March 6-8, 2019. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts the essays submitted.

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