COLUMBIAThe Missouri Pork Association is now accepting applications for the 2021 Youth Pork Ambassador Program. The program allows students to 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.

Applicants must can be a senior in high school or a freshman or sophomore in college as of Jan. 1, 2020. Applications and three letters of recommendation are due Dec. 11. For complete details and an application, visit You may also contact Diane Slater, director of communications for MPA, at 573-445-8375, or

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.

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.