NPPC Announces 2024 Neil Dierks Scholarship

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is pleased to announce the 2024 Neil Dierks Scholarship, which is sponsored by the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by NPPC. Applications are due December 31.

This $5,000 scholarship is annually awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they may emerge as a future pork industry leader.

Applications for the scholarship, which are funded through contributions to the pork industry foundation, are due at the end of December, with each year’s recipient announced at the pork industry’s annual meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – which will be held in Chicago, Illinois from March 5-7, 2024.

For more than 30 years, Neil Dierks devoted himself to the well-being of U.S. pork producers. As CEO of NPPC, he encouraged, challenged, supported and equipped members as they advocated for opportunities in trade as well as reasonable regulation. Above all, Neil nurtured leadership for the pork industry, seeking out and elevating talented persons with a variety of skills to serve as resources and decision-makers for today and tomorrow.

Neil’s 2021 retirement created an opportunity to honor his contribution to the U.S. pork industry and legacy as a leader, through the Neil Dierks Scholarship.

Full eligibility and application requirements can be found HERE. Application deadline is December 31, 2023. Please contact me with any questions about the scholarship at 515-864-7983 or

For more information on the Neil Dierks Scholarship and on making a contribution to the National Pork Industry Foundation (NPIF), please visit the NPIF webpage.