The Pork Checkoff has awarded 22 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry's human capital for the future.  Successful applicants were selected from a pool of 41 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork industry and future plans for a career in pork production.
 
“Helping to develop the next generation of pork professionals is one of the top issues the Pork Checkoff has identified as critical for the industry's future,” says Conley Nelson, president of the National Pork Board and producer from Algona, IA. “Our ongoing service and obligation to producers includes ensuring that there is a sustainable source of young people ready to take on the industry's commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of pork production.  While our industry has made huge strides in recent years, these young people will ultimately help us take our game to the next level.”
 
The 22 student recipients hail from 13 states and 14 universities and represent seven swine-related career paths. The 2013 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:   
   

Applicant

Home Town

Institution

Career Path

Corey Carpenter

Red Bluff, CA

California State University - Chico

Swine Nutrition

Austin Putz

Lacona, IA

Iowa State University

Swine Genetics

Courtney Adams

Palatka, Fl

University of Florida

Animal Science

David Ammann

Highland, IL

University of Illinois

Swine Nutrition

Denise Beam

Elverson, PA

Pennsylvania State University

Ag Business

Vance Brown

Port Matilda, PA

Pennsylvania State University

Swine Genetics

Bailey Farrer

Royal Center, IN

Purdue University

Swine Nutrition

Cassandra Ferring

Pinehurst, NC

North Carolina State University

Swine Genetics

Erin Geary

Columbia, MO

University of Missouri

Production

Corrine Harris

Edmonds, WA

Washington State University

Veterinary Medicine

Tori Harris

Mustang, OK

Oklahoma State University

Veterinary Medicine

Cassie Holloway

Darlington, MD

Texas A&M University

Swine Nutrition

Andrew Langel

Kingsley, IA 

South Dakota State University

Production

Emily Limes

Bowling Green, OH

Ohio State University

Ag Environment

Amanda Outhouse

Defiance, IA

Iowa State University

Reproduction

Rachel Palinski

Suwanee, GA

University of Georgia

Swine Nutrition

Matt Patterson

Shelbina, MO

University of Missouri

Veterinary Medicine

Taylor Petersen

Gladbrook, IA

Iowa State University

Veterinary Medicine

Brent Saxton

Rockwell City, IA

Iowa State University

Veterinary Medicine

Sterling Schnepf

Granville, IA

Iowa State University

Swine Nutrition

Katie Stueck

Vinton, IA

Iowa State University

Veterinary Medicine

Alyssa Thomas

Warrenton, MO

University of Missouri

Veterinary Medicine

 

This year's top candidate, Corey Carpenter of Red Bluff, CA, will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  He will start work toward his Master of Science degree in swine nutrition at Oklahoma State University this summer.  This year's runner-up was Austin Putz of Lacona, IA, who will receive a $3,500 scholarship to attend North Carolina State University in the fall of 2013 where he will begin work toward a Master of Science degree in animal breeding and swine genetics. The other 20 students will receive $2,000 each.
 
“A skilled workforce is essential for the competitiveness of this industry,” Nelson says. “We need young leaders to look at pork not just as a food choice, but as a career. This is a chance for the industry to encourage these young people to join a workforce that offers many diverse opportunities. On behalf of the Pork Checkoff and its partners, the National Pork Board and the pork industry, we congratulate this year’s Pork Industry Scholarship recipients. We look forward to welcoming them into our industry in the future.”