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Pork Association offers scholarship to students

The Wisconsin Pork Association is offering four scholarships to high school seniors and college students. Students with sincere interest in the swine industry are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. One $500 scholarship and one $400 scholarship will be awarded.

The Whitmore Memorial Scholarship was established as a legacy to the late Rex Whitmore, a master statesman and communicator, who served as the first executive director of the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association. Applicants must be a registered junior or senior at UW-Madison, Platteville, or River Falls. This is a $1,500 scholarship, and priority will be given to applicants pursuing an animal science or closely related major, with preference given to a Wisconsin resident.

Criteria considerations include GPA, extracurricular activities involvement and leadership positions, career interest and orientation, and financial need.

The Wisconsin Pork Association, in cooperation with the family of Buell Gunderson, has established a scholarship program to recognize the many contributions that Gunderson made to the Wisconsin pork industry. Gunderson, together with his wife, Bernice, served as secretary/treasurer of the Wisconsin Pork Association for 20 plus years, and assisted in growing the organization from its initial roots to the successful organization that it is today – sponsoring scholarships, developing youth programs and helping support the pork producers of the state.

County pork producer organizations, industry members, pork producers, and colleges or technical schools are asked to submit recommendations for recipients. Individuals who have shown considerable dedication and involvement in the pork industry, will be considered for the $1,000 scholarship.

The Fredrich Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018, thanks to funding from the Southeast Wisconsin Pork Producers. The scholarship honors Clarence Fredrich who was actively involved in the Southeast Wisconsin Pork Producers Association and very supportive of youth programming in agriculture.

High School seniors and college freshmen from Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties, are eligible to apply. There will be two, $1,000 and one, $750 scholarship awarded.

Applications must be received or postmarked no later than Dec. 1, with applications available at