The Minnesota Pork Board will award up to five, $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are pursuing careers with an emphasis on pork. Qualifying educational pursuits include agribusiness, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, environmental sciences, nutrition, livestock reproduction, large animal veterinary medicine and other related fields.

Deadline to apply for the scholarship is May 15. Applicants must be Minnesota residents who are attending a two- or four-year institution and pursuing an undergraduate degree focusing on swine production or a related field.

Applicants entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of college are eligible to apply. Successful scholarship recipients can only receive one Minnesota Pork Industry Scholarship during their post-secondary tenure.

To apply for a scholarship, qualified candidates must complete an application form, compose a letter outlining their plans for future involvement within pork production and/or the pork industry, submit an essay on a current or future pork industry challenge and their ideas for a solution, two letters of reference and a professional resume.

For more information or application material, contact Jill Resler, Minnesota Pork Board director of education, at (800) 537-7678 or jill@mnpork.com. To download application material, go to www.mnpork.com and click on the “Minnesota Pork Board Scholarship Opportunities” headline.