We are proud to support youth in North Carolina’s pork industry in many ways. Two of our featured programs are the internship and scholarship programs.

Scholarships

Each year, NCPC awards $1,000 scholarships to two deserving North Carolina agriculture students.

To be eligible, an applicant must be an undergraduate or incoming freshman at either the community college or university level with preference given to students attending a community college or university within the state of North Carolina. The applicant must also be enrolled as a full-time student in an agricultural curriculum of study.

Students who have a strong desire to remain active in the swine production industry after graduation; who are actively engaged in swine production; or an applicant whose parents or other family members are actively engaged in the North Carolina swine industry will be given preference by the selection committee.

Past NCPC scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply on a yearly basis.

All required information, including letters of recommendation, transcripts and a recent headshot must be submitted to NCPC by May 8, 2017.

A minimum GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) is required. An official transcript must accompany the application. Transcripts will be reviewed for GPA eligibility. Along with high school and/or college grades, the GPA will be considered in the scholarship selection process.

The NCPC internship/scholarship committee, consisting of NC Pork Council members, is responsible for the review of all applications and selection of scholarship recipients.

For more information on the NCPC scholarships, you may contact Jan Archer at jarcher3@nc.rr.com.

Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarhip

The NC Pork Council is also pleased to support the 2017 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship, which is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council. Lois 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 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 NC 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.

For more information on this scholarship and to apply, click here.

Internships

The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) also supports a program to sponsor student internships. The purpose of the internships is to promote and develop an avenue for NCPC and NC pork producers to identify high school and college students who show an interest in pursuing a career in the pork industry.

The student internship program is intended to encourage pork producers and pork production companies to introduce students to potential careers in the pork industry. This program will help to improve their public relations and to encourage pork producers and pork production companies to invest in the industry’s future employees.

The NCPC will provide funding to aid sponsorship of student interns who desire to work in a job within the NC pork industry. The NCPC will provide a reimbursement of one-half of a student intern’s salary up to a maximum of $1,500 to be paid to the sponsoring NC pork producer at the end of the internship ($3,000 maximum per company).

Reimbursement will be made to the pork producer after completion of the internship and after the student intern and pork producer evaluations have been completed and submitted to the NCPC within 30 days after completion of the internship.

The sponsoring producer will be responsible for and assume all liabilities for all insurance, payroll taxes, and workman’s compensation. The student intern is responsible for housing, meals and travel.

The student internship program is available to students who are juniors or seniors in high school, and community college and four-year college students. The areas of work will include working on production farms or on a project within the NC pork industry under the supervision of an approved mentor who will be responsible for providing guidance and supervision while on the job.

Both the student intern and the sponsoring pork producer must complete an application and return it to the NCPC by May 8, 2017. The application must be signed and approved by an NCPC Board member from the district in which the internship is completed.

The student intern will also be required to attend an Industry Roundup hosted by NCPC to expose the intern to other opportunities within the pork industry. The NCPC will not be held liable for any of the activities that occur between the intern and the producer during the term of the internship. In the event that the two parties involved mutually agree to end the internship prior to completion of the internship, the producer must still complete the reports for any reimbursement.

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