The recipients are Chandler Keck, a sophomore and poultry science and animal science major, and Amanda Wheaton, a senior and poultry science major. Each received a scholarship worth $4,000 during a banquet at NC State Univ. in Raleigh in April.
“These high-achieving students represent the future of the poultry industry,” said Bob Johnson, CEO of House of Raeford Farms. “We could not be more proud to support their education and their aspirations. They are what our investments in our future leaders are all about, and we are honored to play a role in their development.”
The scholarship endowment recognizes the contributions of E. Marvin Johnson and his wife, Grace Powell Johnson, to the poultry and food industries. Johnson Poultry Scholarships have been provided to eight NC State students since the fall of 2009. Johnson’s family founded what is today House of Raeford Farms Inc., which sells chicken products and operates grow out operations and processing facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana.
The company says priority for the scholarships is given to applicants from communities where it has processing and farm operations. In addition to tuition and fees, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to participate in summer internships coordinated by House of Raeford Farms and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.