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College and N.C. Pork Council sign scholarship endowment agreement

The Pork Council's Gene Nemechek (front) with (from left) College Dean Johnny Wynne, Rann Carpenter, Academic Programs Director Ken Esbenshade and Animal Science Department head Dr. Roger McCraw.
Photo by Daniel Kim

North Carolina students interested in a career in the pork industry will be beneficiaries of a scholarship endowment created by the N.C. Pork Council in the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. State University, hosted the Pork Council's Dr. Gene Nemechek, president, and Randolph "Rann" Carpenter, then-chief executive officer, at the May 17 signing ceremonies.

The N.C. Pork Council Scholarship Endowment will fund awards to undergraduate students enrolled in two-year and four-year swine programs in the College's Department of Animal Science, as well as provide scholarships to students enrolled in agricultural curricula in the state's community colleges.

"We heard there was a need for scholarships to promote careers in the pork industry," said Nemechek, speaking for the Pork Council board of directors. "We thought it was an excellent opportunity to promote our industry and support the College.

"We're always looking at how to get young people involved in food animal careers, and this is one way we can help do that."

- Terri Leith