Cobb-Vantress pledges $250k to poultry science education

By Aidan Fortune

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Cobb-Vantress pledges $250k to poultry science education

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US poultry processor Cobb-Vantress has announced a $250,000 endowment to help those looking to pursue a career in the sector.

The Cobb-Vantress​ Fellowship Endowment was announced during the recent annual meeting of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) in Florida. The $250,000 gift pledge is to be paid over three years and will support students interested in attending graduate school for MS and PhD degrees in poultry science.

It is intended to support a graduate student during the two- to three-year academic program for an MS or PhD degree. Preference will be given to students interested in the sciences necessary to support advancements in genetics in poultry science. The Cobb-Vantress gift pledge was made as part of the PSA’s recent capital campaign, Charting Our Course – Securing Future Leadership for Poultry.

Cobb-Vantress president Joel Sappenfield said advanced educational opportunities were key to future advancements in poultry science.

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We recognise the critical need for talented young scientists in the poultry breeder and poultry production industries,​” he said.

Dr Anu Frank-Lawale, Cobb-Vantress pedigree geneticist, said: “At Cobb-Vantress, we’re committed to encouraging future generations of young poultry professionals and helping them to achieve their greatest potential.

The student recruitment process will begin when the endowment is fully established, which is expected in spring 2020. The PSA Foundation plans to announce the inaugural Cobb-Vantress Fellowship recipient during its 2020 annual meeting in Kentucky.

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