Scholarships & Internships

The NC Pork Council is proud to support our youth through North Carolina scholarships and internships for agriculture students.

NC Pork Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Every year the NC Pork Council awards $1,000 in scholarships to two deserving North Carolina agriculture students attending a four-year university and four $500 scholarships to students attending a community college.

Deadline to Apply

All required information, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a recent headshot must be submitted to the NC Pork Council by April 19, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be an undergraduate or incoming freshman at either the community college or university level.
    • For the university scholarship, the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in an agricultural curriculum of study.
    • For the community college scholarship, the applicant must be pursuing a certificate or diploma in an agriculture-related program.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) is required. Transcripts will be reviewed for GPA eligibility.
  • Preference is given to students who:
    • Attend a North Carolina community college or university
    • Have a strong desire to remain active in the swine production industry after graduation
    • Are actively engaged in swine production
    • Have parents or other family members actively engaged in the North Carolina swine industry

Past NC Pork Council scholarship recipients are also eligible to re-apply on a yearly basis.

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The NC Pork Council internship/scholarship committee is responsible for the review of all applications and selection of scholarship recipients. For more information on the NCPC scholarships, you may contact Jan Archer at

Lois Britt Memorial Industry Scholarship (NPPC)

The NC Pork Council is pleased to support the Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship. Lois Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture, spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, finishing out her career for 15 years with Murphy-Brown LLC doing Public and Government Relations.

Eligibility requirements and application deadlines can be found on the National Pork Producers Council website.

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Real Pork Scholars Program (NPB)

Up to $60,000 is available for grad students through Real Pork Scholars program; deadline is April 14, 2023.

Real Pork Scholars is a professional executive mentorship program for graduate students that is designed to leave a lasting impact on participants and the U.S. pork industry. Students pursuing graduate study in accredited M.S., Ph.D., J.D., or DVM-Ph.D. programs are eligible to apply.

Grounded in research and driven by professional relationships, experience as a Real Pork Scholar will launch students into the next phase of their careers. The program offers students:
• mentorship
• peer-to-peer network building
• professional training
• funding for meaningful research
At the same time, the U.S. pork industry will gain enhanced insights by filling research gaps and building strong connections with emerging thought leaders.

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Student Internship

About the Internship

The student internship program is intended to introduce students to potential careers in the pork industry. This includes working on production farms or on a project within the NC pork industry, under the supervision of an approved mentor who will be responsible for providing guidance and supervision while on the job.

Deadline to Apply

The student intern must complete an application and return it to the NCPC. The application must be signed and approved by an NC Pork Council board member from the district in which the internship is completed.


  • The student internship program is available to students who are juniors or seniors in high school, community college students, and four-year college students.
  • Student interns will be required to attend an Industry Roundup hosted by NC Pork Council to expose the intern to other opportunities within the pork industry


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Pork Producer or Company Internship

About the Partnership

The student internship program is intended to encourage pork producers and pork production companies to introduce students to potential careers in the pork industry. This program will help to improve public relations and to encourage pork producers and pork production companies to invest in the industry’s future employees.


The Council will provide a reimbursement of one-half of a student intern’s salary up to a maximum of $2,500 to be paid to the sponsoring NC pork producer at the end of the internship ($5,000 maximum per company).
Reimbursement will be made to the pork producer after completion of the internship and after the student intern and pork producer evaluations have been completed and submitted to the NCPC within 30 days after completion of the internship.


The sponsoring producer will be responsible for and assume all liabilities for all insurance, payroll taxes, and workman’s compensation. The student intern is responsible for housing, meals, and travel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I send my application to?

Applications should be sent to Jan Archer at

How can I request reimbursement?

Fill out this form to request your reimbursement

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