The North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship Committee, chaired by Denise Mason, has selected three students to receive $1,000 scholarships this year.
The North Carolina Pork Council proudly supports students who have a connection to the pork industry or are interested in a career in the pork industry. Each of the 2023 scholarship recipients have excelled in the classroom, supported their communities with their involvement, and have taken opportunities to immerse themselves in the pork industry.
Taylor Dail of Wallace is a senior at NC State University in agricultural business management with minors in animal science, agricultural entrepreneurship, and economics. She hopes to use her degree to assist future farmers overcome the financial hardships that can occur while making a living off the land.
“My biggest goal is to help those who feed families worldwide in their financial endeavors,” said Dail. “I believe I can accomplish this by following a career path upon graduation with Carolina Farm Credit in the financial department.”
Dail also hopes to continue her family’s five-generation farm raising pork, beef cattle and broiler chickens.
Henry Faison of Clinton is a freshman at NC State University studying agricultural education and plans to become a resource conservationist upon obtaining his degree.
As the grandson of Sonny Faison, NC Pork Council’s 2016 Hall of Fame recipient, Faison is no stranger to the pork industry and plans to continue this family passion for years to come. His long-term goals include returning to his hometown to maintain his family’s farm for the next generation.
“I look forward to building the relationship with the NC Pork organization in my future just as my father and grandfather originated.”
Ethan Parker of Clayton is a sophomore poultry science major at NC State University. His long-term goals include pursuing a career in Feed Mill Management.
“From research of others and my own, I have found that Feed Mill Managers are needed in today’s world. This makes me even more driven to accomplish this goal and be able to help the agriculture industry continue to thrive,” Parker states.
He is also considering a double major in Animal Science.