TUCKER, GA. – The USPOULTRY Foundation has announced that it approved student recruiting grants worth $302,510 to six US universities with Poultry Science departments and 20 other institutions with industry-related programs.

The grants were made possible in part by gifts to the USPOULTRY Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years from the International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

“It continues to be very important that we interest bright young people to study careers in the poultry industry,” said John Prestage, senior vice president of Prestage Farms and USPOULTRY Foundation chairman. “We need sharp young managers to join our companies, as they will be the future leaders of our industry. USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grants are essential in helping colleges and universities encourage students to enroll in industry-related studies.”

The recruiting grants for each university included:


Grant amount

Grant made possible in part by:

Auburn University


Ingram Farms

Mississippi State University


Sanderson Farms

North Carolina State University


Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Texas A&M


Tyson Foods

University of Arkansas


Monty and Margot Henderson Student Recruiting Fund

University of Georgia


Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund


The 20 other institutions with industry-related programs receiving recruiting and retention grants under the Foundation’s Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program are:


Grant amount

Grant made possible in part by:

Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Ga.


Don Dalton Student Recruiting Fund

California State University – Fresno


Agri Stats, Inc.

Clemson University


Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

Iowa State University


West Liberty Foods

Louisiana State University


Sanderson Farms

Missouri State University


Simmons Foods

Modesto Junior College, Calif.



Middle Tennessee State University



North Carolina A&T State University


Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation

Pennsylvania State University


Perdue Farms

Purdue University, In.


Jay Houchin Family

Sam Houston State University, Texas


Jerry and Cherie Moye

Southern University, Louisiana



Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas


Frost PLLC

Tennessee Technological University


Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation

University of Mount Olive, N.C.


Perdue Farms

University of North Georgia


Leland Bagwell Education and Innovation Fund

University of Tennessee - Martin



University of Tennessee


Centurion Poultry

Wilkes Community College, N.C.


Case Farms


US Poultry & Egg Association established the USPOULTRY Foundation in 1994 to provide student recruiting funds to universities with Poultry Science departments. In 2004, the Poultry Science Education Funding Program, now named the Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program, was added to the Foundation’s so other colleges and universities that offer industry-related studies are eligible to apply for recruiting grants.