HAMILTON, Mich. — Michigan Allied Poultry Industry (MAPI) has announced it awarded six scholarships this month in its fourth annual scholarship program, totaling $9,000, the most distributed by the organization in one year to students pursuing careers in the poultry industry.
The MAPI scholarship invests in the education of college students who are studying to work in the poultry industry. It is available to undergraduate or graduate students who are active in a poultry-focused agricultural program, with the intent to provide financial assistance to the future leaders of the Michigan poultry industry. Applicants must have completed a related summer internship in poultry agriculture during the year in which they are applying for scholarship funds.
2022 scholarship recipients include:
Alyssa Botbyl: a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Animal Science. She was the Chapter Sentinel for her high school FFA chapter and is currently part of the Avian Science Club at MSU. Alyssa connected with Sietsema Farms through the Careerline Tech Center’s Agriculture and Animal Science program and is still employed with the farm two years later. Her responsibilities include record keeping, water testing, farm maintenance, bloodwork, animal care, and more. She attended the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence this past summer, gaining even more poultry experience and knowledge.
Maeve Dougherty: a student at Lowell Senior High School, Class of 2023. She hopes to attend Michigan State University in the fall for a degree in Animal Science. Over the years, she has been an integral part of her family’s turkey farm, completing daily chores and farm maintenance, drawing blood samples from and medicating turkeys, and operating the farm machinery. Ultimately, she wants to continue to improve the perception of farmers as hard-working people who care for their animals and the environment.
Jessica Franckiewicz: an Animal Science major at Michigan State University set to graduate in the spring of 2023; she is currently President of the MSU Avian Science Club. Jessica’s interest in agribusiness stems from her childhood, where she learned how to raise and care for laying hens. She hopes to use her experiences to educate others on the species both in backyard and commercial farming. Her career goals include working directly with poultry in a laying hen facility or hatchery, or indirectly through sales representative positions in the industry.
Breana Gingrich: a student at the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine and is set to graduate in the spring of 2023. She is the MSU CVM Class Social Chair, a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the MSU CVM Student American Veterinary Medical Association. She also holds the MSU CVM PDI 637 Poultry Medicine Clerkship, where she tours poultry operations, performs daily necropsies on farm mortalities, investigates current poultry disease topics, and advocates for proper biosecurity. Additionally, Breana has interned with Sietsema Farms where she gained a meaningful understanding of how a large poultry operation is managed, cared for, and protected.
Ramzee Miller: a student at Michigan State University, studying Animal Science with a pre-veterinary concentration. She is currently a member of the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association (ASURSA) and is serving as the Student Senate Representative during the 2022-2023 school year. She is also a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association and the Avian Science Club. Additionally, Ramzee has participated in a poultry composting project with ASURSA. The group is presently evaluating microbial data, which Ramzee hopes will further the use of composting for mass depopulation events.
Ethan Neiman: a student at the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Association and the CVM Medicine Food Animal Club. Ethan completed internships with Konos and Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch and worked with the University of Georgia Poultry Diagnostic Lab, Hy-Line, and Dr. Mick Fulton. In the spring, he will extern with Dr. Dan Wilson of Wilson Consulting and Hendrix Genetics. Ethan is planning to use this work experience in his future career as a poultry veterinarian.
“The poultry industry is growing all the time, with job opportunities including everything from caring for animals to processing tech and engineering jobs, as well as business careers with partners and suppliers,” said Allison Brink, MAPI executive director. “We are thrilled to be able to support these students and play a role in shaping their futures as well as the future of this industry.”
About Michigan Allied Poultry Industries
Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc. (MAPI) is a non-profit statewide trade organization representing Michigan’s egg, chicken and turkey farmers and their young stock network of breeders, hatcheries and pullet growers. Michigan poultry producers formed MAPI in 1940 by to collaborate on issues facing the industry. Today, the organization is still farmer-led, working together for the advancement and prosperity of Michigan’s poultry industry.
— Michigan Allied Poultry Industries