Industry Education / Recruitment


The Foundation’s support has been essential to the growth of our program. The student recruiting grants have enabled us to triple enrollment in poultry-related courses, which are training the next generation of industry leaders.

Dr. Tim Marshall, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College



The Foundation added the Poultry Science Education Fund, now named Industry Education Recruitment Funding, under its umbrella in 2004. The Fund supports student recruitment at colleges and universities that encourage careers in the poultry industry. Any institution of higher education in the United States that offers an identifiable poultry program or can show plausible ways of connecting students with the poultry industry is eligible to apply for a recruitment grant of up to $7,000.


2017 Recipients


Institution Grant Amount Grant Made Possible By:
Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Ga. $3,800 Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund
Blue Ridge Community College, Va. $4,600 Robert Burtner Strickler and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Recruiting Fund
California Polytechnic State University, Calif. $10,000 AJC International
California State – Fresno, Calif. $7,000  
Clemson University, S.C. $2,000 Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
Crowder College, Mo. $6,500 Hollis P. Osborne Family
Eastern Oklahoma State College, Okla. $4,200 Simmons Foods
George C. Wallace Community College, Ala. $4,600  
Iowa State University, Iowa $7,000 West Liberty Foods
Louisiana State University, La. $7,000 Sanderson Farms
McNeese State University, La. $3,000 Cal-Maine Foods
Modesto Junior College, Calif. $6,300  
Ohio State University, Ohio $7,000 Cooper Family Foundation
Oklahoma State University, Okla. $6,300  
Penn State University, PA $10,000 Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative
Sam Houston State University, Texas $2,300 Jerry and Cherie Moye
South Central College, Minn. $2,300 Jennie-O Turkey Store
South Dakota State University, S.D. $2,800 West Liberty Foods
Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas $3,000 Frost PLLC
University of Delaware, Del. $4,600 Valley Proteins
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minn. $7,000 GNP Company
University of North Georgia, Ga. $7,000 Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
University of Tennessee at Martin $3,700 Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation
Tennessee Technological University, Tenn. $6,000 Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation
Wallace State Community College, Ala. $7,000 Peco Foods
Wilkes Community College, N.C. $7,000 Prestage Farms



Dean Richard Linton, North Carolina State University, presenting a $28,302 USPOULTRY Foundation grant to Dr. Mike Williams, professor and head of the Poultry Science Department at North Carolina State University. Joining in the presentation were several Prestage Department of Poultry Science graduating students.