Wisconsin Pork Association is accepting applications for its scholarship program now through December 1, 2018. Several scholarship opportunities are available for high school seniors and college students. Students with a sincere interest in the swine industry are encouraged to apply. Scholarship winners will be recognized at the WPA annual meeting in January.
This year’s scholarship offerings include the Wisconsin Pork Association Scholarship, Whitmore Memorial Scholarship, Gunderson Memorial Scholarship, and Fredrich Memorial Scholarship. Additional information on each of the scholarship requirements and copies of the application forms are available on the WPA website www.wppa.org/scholarships. The application deadline for all scholarships is December 1, 2018.
Wisconsin Pork Association Scholarship
The Wisconsin Pork Association scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing post high school education in agriculture. Preference will be given to those students possessing leadership abilities and a sincere interest in the swine industry. One $500 scholarship and one $400 scholarship will be awarded. The application for this scholarship is posted on www.wppa.org/scholarships.
Whitmore Memorial Scholarship
The Whitmore Memorial Scholarship was established as a legacy to the late Rex Whitmore, a master statesman and communicator who served as the first executive director of the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association.
Applicants must be a registered junior or senior at one of the following University of Wisconsin campuses: Madison, Platteville, or River Falls. One finalist will be selected from each campus to compete for the $1500 scholarship. The application for this scholarship is available from each respective campus’ contact person listed on the WPA website.
Gunderson Memorial Scholarship
The Wisconsin Pork Association, in cooperation with the family of Buell Gunderson, has established a scholarship program to recognize the many contributions that Gunderson made to the Wisconsin pork industry. Gunderson, together with his wife, Bernice, served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Wisconsin Pork Association for 20 plus years and assisted in growing the organization from its initial roots to the successful organization that it is today–sponsoring scholarships, developing youth programs and helping to support the pork producers of the state.
The Wisconsin Pork Association will accept recommendations or applications from county pork producer organizations, industry members, pork producers, and colleges or technical schools for recipients of the Gunderson Memorial Scholarship on an annual basis. Individuals who have shown considerable dedication and involvement in the pork industry will be considered for the $1000 scholarship.
Fredrich Memorial Scholarship
The Fredrich Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 thanks to funding from the Southeast Wisconsin Pork Producers. The Fredrich Memorial Scholarship honors Clarence Fredrich who was actively involved in the Southeast Wisconsin Pork Producers Association and very supportive of youth programming in agriculture. High school seniors and college freshman from Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha counties are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application form is available at www.wppa.org/scholarships.
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.