The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee recently awarded 23 youth with $50 scholarships to help offset the costs of their upcoming 4-H and FFA swine projects. The Youth Pig Project scholarship program began in 2003 as a way to encourage youth to become involved in the Wisconsin pork industry through projects that offer opportunities to develop life skills and showcase career opportunities.
Those receiving scholarships were: Hannah Blackstock, Glen Flora; Cody Dooley, Ettrick; Kaleb Ellis, Independence; Emma Ginard, Campbellsport; Ryan Mahoney, Suring; Blake & Clint Mitchell, Boscobel; Audrey & Victoria North, Platteville; Sawyer Pederson, Ettrick; Emma Schampers, Ixonia; Cullen Schlewitz, Eau Claire; Amber Seitz, Krakow; Nick Sievert, Sobieski; Gunnar Sperle, Cambridge; Heidi Strey, Osseo; Lance, Levi, and Madison Vosberg, Cuba City; Lily & Rayna Wangler, Watertown; Kathryn Witzel, Columbus; and Elizabeth Zimmerman, Osseo.
The 2018 Youth Pig Project Scholarships were made possible this year by the following sponsors: Dailey Show Hogs, Weyauwega; Giese Show Pigs, Alma Center; Graff Show Pigs, Juneau; Jake’s Pig Palace, Eland; Krebs Farms, Rio; Magolski Farms, New London; Tom Knauer Family, Avalon; West Central WI Show Pig Sale, Whitehall; and Wisconsin Pork Association.
To apply, Wisconsin youth submitted a Pig Project Scholarship request to WPA which addressed the following areas: project goals, simple budget for the project, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification date, future goals as they relate to the pork industry, and a paragraph stating why the Wisconsin Pork Association should select them for the Youth Pig Project scholarship.
The Wisconsin Pork Association’s mission is to insure the future success of the Wisconsin pork industry. WPA represents the interests of the pork industry members with a strong emphasis on social issues, public and government policies, environment, animal welfare and safety.