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Pork Industry Foundation opens 2023 Neil Dierks Scholarship


The National Pork Producers Council has made available the 2023 Neil Dierks Scholarship, which is sponsored by the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the council.

The U.S. pork industry can boast of many visionary leaders, including Neil Dierks, who contributed to countless successes and faced innumerable challenges. The Neil Dierks Scholarship is designed to support students seeking a graduate degree in a field related to the pork industry at a land-grant university and to help create more leaders for this vibrant industry. 

As CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, Dierks encouraged, challenged, supported and equipped members as they advocated for opportunities in trade as well as reasonable regulation. Above all, Dierks nurtured leadership for the pork industry, seeking and elevating talented persons with a variety of skills to serve as resources and decision-makers for today and tomorrow. 

This $5,000 one-time scholarship to be given to one individual annually carries on Dierk’s mission to equip new leaders for the industry he served so well. Applications are due each December with the award made annually during Pork Forum. 

For more information about the Neil Dierks Scholarship Foundation, contact Janine Van Vark, Director of Outreach Marketing at NPPC, via email.

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