In 1956, Wendell Moyer helped organize a small group of pork producers into the Kansas Swine Improvement Association. Their purpose was to work together to make their businesses more profitable while keeping the swine industry healthy and flourishing statewide. The Kansas Pork Association is working every day to achieve this same goal.

The $1,000 scholarship supports youth who have demonstrated an interest in the swine industry. The Kansas Pork Association is working to encourage participation in pork production while building our leaders of tomorrow. Please help us by encouraging students to apply.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a college student in Kansas with junior or senior standing majoring in an agriculture or related field and plan to:
    • Pursue a career in swine production management or a closely related field, or
    •  Attend veterinary school with an emphasis on swine, or
    • Attend graduate school and major in a degree with an emphasis on swine.
  • Write a brief letter describing:
    • Past and current experience in the pork industry
    • Leadership activities related to the pork industry and
    • Role you see yourself playing in the pork industry after graduation.
  • Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue you see confronting the pork industry today or in the future – and offer your solutions.
  • Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.
  • Official university transcripts
  • Prepare a cover sheet with your:
    •  Name
    •  School Name
    • Year in School
    • E-mail Address
    • Current Mailing Address
    • Permanent Mailing Address
    • Telephone Number

Submit the above items in a single envelope to:

Kansas Pork Association
2601 Farm Bureau Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
ATTN: Kim Hanke

Or e-mail to:

Note: All entries must be to the Kansas Pork Association office by January 22, 2016. The Kansas Pork Association will administer the program, evaluate the application materials and select the winner. Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity or expression, persuasiveness, originality and relevance of topic.

The winner will be announced at the Kansas State University Swine Profitability Conference held February 2, 2016. The winner is encouraged to attend.

The KPA reserves the right to publish any or parts of the essays submitted. Awards will be paid directly to the recipient upon proof of enrollment.

Get a copy of the requirements here.

KPA Announces 2016 Wendell Moyer Scholarship