The Missouri Pork Association is accepting applications for the 2013 Youth Pork Ambassador Program. MPA Director of Communications Diane Slater says it’s an opportunity for kids to interact with leaders in Missouri’s pork industry and win money…
The winning candidate will receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to any technical school, community college, or a four year institution. Students who are a senior in high school up to a sophomore in college can participate in the program.
MPA issued the following press release with additional details:
Columbia, Mo., – The Missouri Pork Association is now accepting applications for the 2013 Youth Pork Ambassador Program. The program allows students to actively interact with leaders in Missouri’s pork industry and receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to any technical school, community college, or a four year institution. The Ambassador will not only be awarded a scholarship; but will also have many opportunities to increase their knowledge of the pork industry.
The main goal of the Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador is to promote the Missouri Pork Association and the pork industry at various events. As an Ambassador, participants will attend at least six events throughout the year including: University of Missouri Pork Institute, Taste of Elegance, Missouri Pork Classic golf tournament, the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair, and the Missouri Pork Expo. Participants will also have the opportunity to job shadow professionals in the pork industry.
Participation in the Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador program will help youth develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members. By attending various events throughout the year the Ambassador will learn about pork production, the industry, and make life-long connections in the field. The Ambassador will improve networking, communication, and leadership skills.
Andrew Fisher, 2011 Ambassador from Middletown, had this to say about the experience “It was great to get involved with other pork producers and learn about the challenges that we as an industry face and how many different programs are out there to reach out to consumers.”
To qualify: applicants must be a senior in high school up to a sophomore in college as of January 1st of the year they will begin the program. Applications and three letters of recommendation are due December 14, 2012. For complete details and an application, visit www.mopork.com/youth_youthporkambassador.asp. You may also contact Diane Slater, director of communications for MPA, at (573) 445-8375, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call (573) 445-8375.