Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship

Updated: Nov 9

$2,500 scholarship • Undergraduate Students

The National Pork Producers Council is pleased to announce the 2021 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship is sponsored by CME Group, Inc. and managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council.

The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group, Inc. and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CME Live Hog futures. Four $2,500 scholarships were created to rewarded students who intended to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes they emerge as pork industry leaders themselves someday.

The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt. Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture, spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, finishing out her career for 15 years with Murphy-Brown LLC (Smithfield) doing Public and Government Relations. She was inducted into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame, the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame, and awarded the N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.

With the marking of the 50th anniversary of the Live Hog futures in 2015, the number of scholarships awarded annually was raised from four to five.

In 2017, the National Pork Industry Foundation became another partner joined as a sponsor of the Lois Britt Scholarship so we could double the scholarships from five to ten $2,500 scholarships.

Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they may emerge as future pork industry leaders themselves.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture and a U.S. citizen. High school students are not eligible.

  • Write a brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.

  • Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.

  • Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.

  • Prepare a cover sheet with the following information: a. Name of Applicant b. Name of School c. Year in School d. Contact Information (home & school mailing address, telephone number & e-mail address) [Type here]

Please submit the items listed above online or via e-mail to the address listed below. All entries must be sent by JANUARY 4, 2021 to be accepted.

Email Submissions: info@nppc.org

Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in March 2021. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts the essays submitted. Please contact Rebecca Casey, NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, with questions about the scholarship at (515) 645.9659 or caseyr@nppc.org.


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