Lois Britt Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, initiated in 1990, was renamed in honor of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt, upon her passing in 2006. A lifetime supporter of agriculture, Lois spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and 15 years working in Public and Government Relations with Murphy-Brown LLC (now Smithfield). The scholarship is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council.

Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually to students who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry and who exhibit characteristics representative of future pork industry leaders.

All entries must be submitted by JANUARY 3, 2023, to be accepted.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Current undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture and

2. U.S. citizen. High school students are not eligible.

How to Apply

  1.  A cover sheet with the following information:
    • Name of Applicant
    • Name of School
    • Year in School
    • Contact Information (home & school mailing address, telephone number & e-mail address)
  2. Brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.
  3. An essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.
    • Essays are judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance of topic.

  4. Two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.

Please submit your application either through the online form (at npcc.org), email to invest@nppc.org, or send materials in a single envelope to:

National Pork Producers Council
ATTN: Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship
P.O. Box 10383
Des Moines, IA 50306-9960

All entries must be sent by January 3rd, 2023, to be accepted.

Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in in Orlando, FL, March 8-10, 2023. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts the essays submitted.

Please contact Janine Van Vark, NPPC Director of Outreach Marketing, with any questions about the scholarship at 515-645-9658 or via email at vanvarkj@nppc.org.

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$2,500 Scholarship

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