Foundation Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation. This scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CME Hog futures. The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the life and contributions of NPPC Board of Directors Member Lois Britt. Elected to the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame and the NC Pork Council Hall of Fame in her home state of North Carolina, Britt made significant contributions to the industry.

Starting in 2017, with additional funds from the Foundation, ten $2,500 scholarships will be awarded annually to eligible applicants who are undergraduate students intending to pursue a career in the pork industry. NPPC administers the scholarship program with winners being announced at the National Pork Industry Forum.

The National Pork Industry Foundation partners with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation in promoting swine veterinary medicine to veterinary students through an internship program. AASV and AASV Foundation goals for the scholarship are:

  • To promote swine veterinary medicine to veterinary students and attract them to the profession/industry
  • To allow students to experience the daily aspects of being a swine practitioner and receive hands on experience in the field
  • To cover the costs of clinical rotations in the Swine Medicine Education Center for 10 non-Iowa State University veterinary students.

Funds are used for six internships annually. Each internship will be provided to selected current veterinary students and placed with practicing swine veterinarians as identified in their Project Proposal.


Foundation Story

Educational opportunities provide insight into careers in the pork industry by connecting students with the persons, places, and systems.

Since 1984, the National Pork Industry Foundation has supported persons interested in serving the industry through:

  • scholarships
  • educational opportunities
  • avenues for advancement

The Foundation, a 501(C)(3), can use its resources for research and education with programs conducted in an objective, scientific manner.

  • Outside organizations may ask the Foundation to do research or provide an educational program related to an issue of concern to the third party.

Our Mission

The National Pork Industry Foundation’s mission is to support programs and educational opportunities for all people with a desire to advance their knowledge in the pork industry.

The Foundation encourages endeavors that strengthen and advance individuals to become productive and responsible in the pork industry. It encourages and supports collaboration to maximize resources in sustaining educational opportunities.

Your Support and Contributions Are Welcome

The National Pork Industry Foundation exists due to the generous support of pork producers and allied industry partners.

Together, donations to the National Pork Industry Foundation become a powerful tool to assist in the process of awarding scholarships, funding internships, and launching the careers of future leaders.

Individuals, companies, and organizations can contribute funding to the Foundation. This funding may qualify as a charitable deduction to the company for income tax purposes.

Learn More

To learn more about the National Pork
Industry Foundation contact:

Janine VanVark

Cally Fix
National Pork Industry Foundation
10676 Justin Drive
Urbandale, Iowa 50322


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture, and a U.S. citizen.
  • Write a brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.
  • Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.
  • Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.
  • Prepare a cover sheet with the following information:
    1. Name of Applicant
    2. Name of School
    3. Year in School
    4. Contact Information (mailing address, telephone number & e-mail address)

Please submit the items listed above in a single envelope via mail OR e-mail to the address listed below.  All entries must be postmarked by JANUARY 6, 2017 to be accepted.


National Pork Producers Council
ATTN: Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship
P.O. Box 10383
Des Moines, IA 50306-9960

E-mail Submissions to:

Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta, GA March 1-3, 2017. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts the essays submitted.

Please contact Cally Fix, NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, with questions about the scholarship at (515)278-8012 or