MAY/JUNE 2019 I NEWS & VIEWS I 15 > A S S O C I A T I O N Wayne Community College Awarded $4,190 USPOULTRY Foundation Student Recruiting Grant USPOULTRY Foundation Awards University of Arkansas Pine Bluff $7,000 Student Recruiting Grant The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $7,000 student recruiting grant to the Animal Science Department at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB). The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from George’s Inc. and was presented to Dr. Jayant Lohakare, assistant professor of Animal Science at the University, by John Starkey, president of the USPOULTRY Foundation. A portion of the funds will be used to further develop the University’s poultry science program, creating research programs and facilities on campus for the use of poultry science. These facilities will help animal science students to learn more about potential careers in the poultry industry. Additionally, it is hoped that the programs will draw interest to the University’s 3+1 transfer degree programwith the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. This allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture/animal science from United States with either a poultry science department or a poultry studies program. The student recruiting program dates to 1994 when the USPOULTRY board of directors established the Foundation to provide annual recruiting funds to attract students to poultry studies and ultimately into careers in the poultry industry. UAPB and a concurrent Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural, food and life sciences/ poultry science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded recruiting grants totaling $328,300 for the 2018-19 school year to 34 colleges and universities across the The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $4,190 student recruiting grant to the Applied Animal Science Technology Program at Wayne Community College in North Carolina. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Prestage Farms, and the funds will be used to continue the program’s effort to recruit students and raise general interest in the poultry industry among local middle and high school students. “I have been honored and very fortunate to receive the USPOULTRY Foundation grant for two years to help with recruiting students into the Applied Animal Science program,” said Jennifer Johnson, instructor.“I am very appreciative of the USPOULTRY Foundation as well as Prestage Farms who helped to make this possible.” Dr. Jayant Lohakare receiving a $7,000 student recruiting grant donation, from John Starkey, along with several staff and students. Front row: Accepting a $4,190 grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation are Wayne Community College Applied Animal Science Instructor Jennifer Johnson (front row, right) with student Taylor Glover; (left to right, middle row): Mary Perry, Shaquetta Redd, Aliyaha Lewis, Ashton Alphin, and Myriam Ramirez; and (left to right, back row): Zach Scher, Jordan Lane, Payton Anders, Fernanda Martinez, Morgan Radford, Morgan Ingram and Ashley Wells.