November 23, 2020


USPOULTRY foundation allocates US$275,663 in student recruiting grants



The USPOULTRY Foundation has awarded student recruiting grants totaling US$275,663 to six US universities with poultry science departments and 20 other institutions with industry-related programmes, US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) announced this month.


The foundation provides annual recruiting and retention funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programmes. The grants were made possible in part by gifts to the USPOULTRY Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years from the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.


"It is extremely important that we interest bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry. We need sharp young managers to join our companies, as they will be the future leaders of our industry. USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grants are essential in helping colleges and universities encourage students to enroll in industry-related studies," said John Prestage, USPOULTRY Foundation's chairman.


USPOULTRY established the USPOULTRY Foundation in 1994. Its mission is to support the recruitment and training of promising students, seek and fund scientific research, foster student scientists and promote careers in the poultry and egg industry.     


In 2004, the Poultry Science Education Funding Program, now named the Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program, was added to the foundation's umbrella so other colleges and universities that offer industry-related studies are eligible to apply for recruiting grants.