December 23, 2016
USPOULTRY Foundation awards US$21,957 grant to Mississippi State University
The USPOULTRY Foundation recently awarded a US$21,957 student recruiting grant to the Poultry Science Department at Mississippi State University in the US.
The grant was made possible by an endowing Foundation gift from Sanderson Farms, headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi.
The check was presented by Pic Billingsley, director of development and engineering for Sanderson Farms and a member of the USPOULTRY board of directors, to Mary Beck, professor and head of the Poultry Science Department. Joining in the presentation were students from the department.
"It is imperative that we strive to interest bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry. We need astute young managers to join our companies, as they will be the leaders of our industry. USPOULTRY Foundation student recruiting grants play a vital role in encouraging students to enroll in industry-related studies and in becoming future industry leaders of tomorrow," Paul Hill, chairman of USPOULTRY, says.
This year, the USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling US$291,000 to 32 colleges and universities across the US with a poultry science department or industry related degree programme.
The USPOULTRY Harold E. Ford Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programmes. The grants are made possible by gifts to the Foundation from companies, individuals and families.