The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and CME Group are pleased to announce the 2016 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program.

The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CME Live 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 carrier for 15 years with Murphy-Brown LLC doing Public and Government Relations. She was inducted into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame, the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame, and awarded the N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.

With the marking of the 50th anniversary of the Live Hog futures in 2015, the number of scholarships was raised from four to five awarded.  The five scholarships are awarded to students who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they who may emerge as industry pork industry leaders their selves someday.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture
  • Write a brief letter indicating what role you see yourself playing in the pork industry after graduation
  • Submit an essay of 750 works or less describing an issue you see confronting the pork industry today or in the future offering your solutions
  • Obtain two letters of reference from current of former professors or pork producer/industry professionals
  • Prepare a cover sheet with your:

1)      Name

2)      Complete mailing address, telephone number  and email address

3)      School name

4)      Year in school

5)      Permanent mailing address and telephone  number

Submit the above items in a single envelope to:

National Pork Producers Council

Attn: Craig Boelling

PO Box 10383

Des Moines, IA 50306-9960

Or email to:

Note: All entries must be postmarked by January 8, 2016.

The NPPC will administer the program, read the essays, and select the winners.  Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the Pork Industry Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana March 3-5, 2016. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or parts the essays submitted.

For additional information, please contact Craig Boelling at 515-278-8012.

NPPC accepting applications for Lois Britt Memorial Scholarship