Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship.
“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.”
Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually to students who intend to pursue a pork industry career and exhibit characteristics representative of future pork industry leaders.
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.
Applicants will be required to complete a 750-word essay describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future and offering their solutions. Essays are judged based on clarity, expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance.
All entries must be submitted by January 2, 2024, to be accepted.
Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5-7, 2024. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts of the essays submitted.
Full eligibility and application requirements can be found here. Contact Julie Schwalbe, NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, with questions about the scholarship at 515-645-9659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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