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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
Tucker, GA - November 30, 2022
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Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971,

USPOULTRY Foundation Allocates $306,366 in Student Recruiting Grants

The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded student recruiting grants totaling $306,366 to six U.S. universities with Poultry Science departments and 22 other institutions with industry-related programs. The Foundation provides annual recruiting and retention funds to colleges and universities to attract or connect students to their poultry programs or the industry. 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.

The six poultry science departments receiving the grants are:

UniversityGrant AmountGrant Made Possible in Part by:
Auburn University$33,230Ingram Farms
Mississippi State University$30,336Sanderson Farms
North Carolina State University$30,491Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation
Texas A&M$49,457Tyson Foods
University of Arkansas$31,163Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund
University of Georgia$25,323Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

The 22 other institutions with industry-related programs receiving recruiting and retention grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program are:

UniversityGrant AmountGrant Made Possible in Part by:
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Ga.$1,175Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund
California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University$6,660AJC International
California State University - Fresno$7,000Agri Stats, Inc
Clemson University$2,875Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
Cleveland Community College, N.C.$2,310Prestage Farms
Iowa State University$4,620West Liberty Foods
Louisiana State University$4,620Sanderson Farms
Middle Tennessee State University$6,600Pilgrim's
Modesto Junior College, Calif.$7,000USPOULTRY Staff
North Carolina A&T State University$5,800Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation
Prairie View A&M University, Texas$2,310Pilgrim's
Sam Houston State University, Texas$7,000Jerry and Cherie Moye
Stephen F. Audtin State University, Texas$4,600Frost PLLC
Tennessee State University$4,620Tyson Foods
Tennessee Technological University$4,620Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation
University of Florida$2,600Claxton Poultry
University of Mount Olive, N.C.$4,148Perdue Farms
University of North Georgia$7,000Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund
University of Tennessee$4,620Centurion Poultry
University of Wisconsin - River Falls$2,310 
Wallace State University$6,938Peco Foods
Wilkes Community College, N.C.$7,000Case Farms

“It is critical that we interest bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry. We need astute, young individuals 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 Greg Hinton, Rose Acre Farms, and USPOULTRY Foundation chairman.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association established the USPOULTRY Foundation in 1994 to provide student recruiting funds to universities with Poultry Science departments. In 2004, 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. 

About USPOULTRY Foundation
The USPOULTRY Foundation's mission is to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students, seek and fund scientific research, foster student scientists and promote careers in the poultry and egg industry.