The National Pork Producers Council is now receiving applications for the 2020 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the NPPC.
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. She was inducted into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Pork Council Hall of Fame and awarded the North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.
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 a 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
- Contact information (home and school mailing address, telephone number and email address)
Submit the items listed above online or via email. All entries must be sent by Jan. 3 to be accepted.