SPRINGFIELD — Over $15,000 in scholarships are available through the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) this year.
Each year, IPPA offers scholarships to students pursuing a higher education degree (at a two- or four-year institution) who have a background in the pork industry. Recipients are selected based on activity involvement, GPA, and an essay detailing how the student plans to contribute to the pork industry in the future.
Also available is the Ryan & Friends Scholarship sponsored by the Illinois Purebred Swine Council. This scholarship will award a total of four – $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must be attending a university, college, or community college for the 2016 Fall semester. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member.
In addition, students can apply for the Ryan Fesser Scholarship sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Pork Producers Association. This scholarship will be for $1,000. Applicants must be attending a university, college, or community college for the 2016 Fall semester. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member and an Illinois resident.
The deadline for all scholarships is April 1, 2017. All scholarship applications, along with more information on each, can be found on www.ilpork.com under the Producers, Pork Youth tab. Any questions about scholarships should be directed to Mike Borgic (firstname.lastname@example.org).
— Illinois Pork Producers Association
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