Over $13,500 in scholarships are available through the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) this year. The application is now available on the IPPA website for the 2020-2021 academic 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 involvement in the pork industry, their communities and an essay. The following increments will be awarded: (3) Gold $2,000 scholarships, (3) Silver $1,500 scholarships, and (3) Bronze $1,000 scholarships. IPPA will also be facilitating a (1) $1,000 award in honor of Joy Dedert through the same application.
Also available is the Ryan & Friends Scholarship sponsored by the Illinois Purebred Swine Council. This scholarship will award a total of (4) $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must be attending a university, college, or community college for the 2020 Fall semester. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member.
In addition, students can apply for the Adam 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 2020 Fall semester. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member and an Illinois resident.
The deadline for all scholarships is March 2, 2020. All scholarship applications, along with more information on each, can be found on www.ilpork.com. All applications and necessary documents must be sent together. Any questions about scholarships should be directed to Jenny Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-529-3100.