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Six Iowans receive Pork Industry Scholarship

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Six Iowa natives have been awarded scholarships from the animal industry.

The National Pork Board (NPB) continues to invest in America’s youth. One way the organization assists the next generation is through scholarship monies.

The Pork Checkoff rewards college students through its Pork Industry Scholarship Program. Cindy Cunningham, assistant vice president of communications, says the organization recognized 20 students from 10 states and 11 universities.

“It’s exciting to see programs in pork and swine production at these colleges paying off for students,” Cunningham said. “We have winners from Iowa State, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, North Carolina State, Penn State, Northwest Missouri State, (Kansa State University and the University of Minnesota). What a diverse group of students, (who) are all focused on the same thing – the pork industry.”

The Pork Industry Scholarship Program helps support students committed to the swine industry.

“It’s exciting to see these thought leaders and decision makers at a young age and then follow them through their careers in the swine industry,” Cunningham said. “Not pork itself, but also careers in the food industry, packing and processing, nutrition and health management. All of those careers start through a college student with a dream about pork production. Our scholarships provide support for those students to achieve their dreams.”

The Pork Checkoff named Jenna Chance, of Indiana, and Jadelyn Stewart, of Michigan, as its top recipients. Chance will be awarded $5,000 and Stewart will obtain $3,500. All other recipients will be given $2,000.