Pork Checkoff Announces the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients

DES MOINES, IOWA – April 15, 2019 – The Pork Checkoff has awarded 20 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future human capital. A National Pork Board committee judged the pool of 48 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and the applicants’ plans for a career in pork production.

“The Pork Checkoff is proud to support these young people who are showing a real interest in the pork industry as a career choice,” said Steve Rommereim, president of the National Pork Board and a producer from Alcester, South Dakota. “As our industry continues to evolve, we know we will need more qualified young people to take on the various roles in the pork chain. We must support this effort to help ensure the next generation of talent for our dynamic industry.”

The 20 student recipients hail from 10 states and 11 universities across the U.S. The 2019 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are:

Applicant Name Home Town Institution Major
McKenna Brinning Keota, Iowa Iowa State University Animal Science
Lucas Buehler Botkins, Ohio Ohio State University Animal Science
Jenna Chance Lebanon, Indiana Kansas State University Animal Science & Industry
Katelyn Gaffield Sheldon, Illinois University of Illinois Animal Science
Samuel Gerrard Riner, Virginia Iowa State University Animal Science
Katyann Graham Ames, Iowa Iowa State University Animal Science
Kathryn Groenenboom Oskaloosa, Iowa Iowa State University Animal Science
Wade Hutchens Ewing, Illinois Illinois State University Animal Science & Animal Industry Management
Amberly Jergens Auburn, Iowa Iowa State University Animal Science
Owen Michael Sidney, Ohio Kansas State University Animal Science
Kayla Miller Webster City, Iowa Iowa State University Animal Science
Elizabeth Ries Lomira, Wisconsin University of Wisconsin – River Falls Animal Science
Mikayla Shanks McClure, Ohio Ohio State University Animal Science
Bryan Stallings Sunbury, North Carolina North Carolina State University Animal Science
Ethan Stas Latrobe, Pennsylvania Penn State University Animal Science /Science Option
Jadelyn Stewart Vermontville, Michigan Northwest Missouri State University Animal Science
Ariel Taylor Medina, Ohio Ohio State University Animal Science
Jordan Travis Altoona, Iowa Iowa State University Animal Science
Madeline Zutz St. Paul, Minnesota University of Minnesota Animal Science

 

This year’s top scholarship recipients are Jenna Chance and Jadelyn Stewart, who will receive a $5,000- and $3,500-scholarship, respectively. Chance, a senior at Kansas State University, is majoring in animal science. She plans to pursue a master of science degree in swine nutrition at Kansas State University. Ultimately, she would like complete her doctorate in swine nutrition and become a nutritionist with a production or company.

Stewart, a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, is majoring in animal science. She plans to pursue a master of science degree at the University of Illinois. She would like to tailor her degree program to include both animal and environmental science and ultimately work in the swine industry. The other award recipients will receive $2,000 each.

“Recruiting the next generation of thought leaders and decision makers for the swine industry is critical to making continual improvement in how we raise pigs” said Chris Hostetler, Director of Animal Science for the National Pork Board. “The Pork Industry Scholarship program supports students that have made a commitment to the swine industry to pursue advanced degrees in areas of study directly related to pork production.”


The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at pork.org.