Ag bus students win pork industry scholarships

March 21, 2022

Avery Mather, Abigail Ross, Isaac WileyThe National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has awarded scholarships to ten college students who intend to pursue careers in the U.S. pork industry. The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship program is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and managed and administered by NPPC. The award was announced at NPPC’s annual business meeting — the National Pork Industry Forum.

Three of 2022 winners of the $2,500 scholarships are ag business students:

  • Avery Mather, sophomore, "I am very honored to have been chosen for this memorial scholarship and am excited to continue pursuing an education in Agriculture Business and Economics." 
  • Abigail Ross, sophomore, "I am very honored to receive this scholarship, and thankful for the many ways it will impact my education." 
  • Isaac Wiley, junior, "This scholarship is incredibly generous and is very selective in its recipients. To be one of the ten that are selected every year is something that brings great pride to being active in the swine industry."

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be undergraduates in a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture program, provide a brief letter describing their expected role in the pork industry, write an essay on an issue affecting the pork industry, and submit two letters of reference from professors or industry professionals.

“These outstanding young people are the future of the U.S. pork industry,” said outgoing NPPC President Jen Sorenson, who also is communications director for Iowa Select Farms. “They are the next generation of industry leaders, and NPPC and CME Group are pleased to recognize their commitment to the pork industry with these scholarships.”