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Wisconsin Pork Association offers scholarships

The Wisconsin Pork Association has announced four scholarships available to high school seniors and college students. The Wisconsin Pork Association Scholarship is open to Wisconsin high school seniors, with a sincere interest in the swine industry. 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 one of the following University of Wisconsin campuses: 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.

The criteria considerations include GPA (applicant should be in top 1/3 of class), 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 Gunderson Memorial 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 organization it is today.

The Wisconsin Pork Association will accept recommendations or applications from county pork producer organizations, industry members, pork producers, and colleges or technical schools, for recipients of the Gunderson Memorial Scholarship, on an annual basis.

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 Fredrich Memorial Scholarship honors Clarence Fredrich, who was actively involved in the Southeast Wisconsin Pork Producers Association and very supportive of youth programming in agriculture.

Those pursuing a post high school education and college freshman from Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties, are eligible to apply for this scholarship. There will be two, $1,000 and one, $750 scholarships awarded.

Applications must be received or postmarked no later than Dec. 2. Interested high school seniors and college students can receive an application, by contacting the Wisconsin Pork Association office at 608-723-7551, or at