The Pork Checkoff has awarded 21 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future leaders. A National Pork Board committee judged the pool of 70 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and the applicants’ plans for a career in pork production.

“The 2018 scholarship winners are an important part of the pork industry’s future,” said National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Nebraska. “These young people are critical to helping us develop the next generation of pig farmers and industry leaders who will be ready to produce safe, wholesome food in a socially responsible way.”

The 21 student recipients hail from 15 states and 14 universities and represent six different majors in swine-related fields. The 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:

 

Applicant Name
Home Town
Institution
Major
Victoria Abner
Howe, Texas
Texas A&M
Animal Science
Amanda Anderson
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University
Animal Science
Madison Anderson
Bend, Oregon
Dordt College
General Agriculture
Kelsey Batson
Princeton, Missouri
University of Missouri-Columbia
Animal Science
Joshua Beam
Elverson, Pennsylvania
Penn State
Animal Science
William  Boyd
Chesapeake Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic
Animal Science
Erin Bryan
Urbana, Illinois
University of Illinois
Animal Science
Chloe Creager
Olpe, Kansas
Kansas State University
Animal Science
Hunter Everett
Mebane, North Carolina
North Carolina State University
Animal Science
Evan Gibbs
Cascade, Iowa
Iowa State University
Agricultural Studies
Piper Hopple
Clyde, Ohio
The Ohio State University
Animal Science
Kiera Leddy
Stockholm, South Dakota
Oklahoma State University
Ag Communications
Katelyn Lowery
Clayton, North Carolina
North Carolina State University
Animal Science
Meg Meeker
Emden, Illinois
University of Illinois
Ag Leadership
Sara Strathman
Brodhead, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Platteville
Animal Science
Madison Wensley
Parma, Michigan
Michigan State
Animal Science
Whitney Whitaker
Templeton, California
Kansas State University
Animal Science
Ben Wikner
Farmersburg, Iowa
Iowa State University
Agricultural Studies
Zoe Wolfe
Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina State University
Animal Science
Morgan Wonderly
Bakersfield, California
Cal Polytechnic Institute
Animal Science
Luke Zimmerman
Forrest, Illinois
University of Illinois
Animal Science

 

This year’s top scholarship recipients are Madison Wensley and Amanda Anderson, who will receive a $5,000 and $3,500 scholarship, respectively. Wensley, a senior at Michigan State University, is majoring in animal science. She plans to continue her academic career by pursuing a master’s of science degree in swine nutrition at Kansas State University. Ultimately, she would like to provide pig farmers with the tools they need to improve feed management practices.
Anderson, a senior at Iowa State University, is majoring in animal science. She plans to pursue a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Iowa State University in the fall. The other award recipients will receive $2,000 each.
“We are excited that these young people see the opportunities available in today’s pork industry,” O’Neel said. “On behalf of the National Pork Board and my fellow pig farmers, I congratulate this year’s Pork Industry Scholarship recipients and look forward to welcoming them into our industry in the future.”

 

Original release April 11, The Pork Checkoff
Pork Checkoff Announces the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients