Targeting Excellence Now Accepting 2016 Scholarship Applications

Warsaw, NC, January 15, 2016 – Targeting Excellence is now accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship awards. Scholarships will be awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an agricultural curriculum at an institution that offers degrees in agriculture.

A total of $120,000 will be awarded in 2016 from the applications that are submitted.  Scholarship amounts will be based on the program in which the student is enrolled: $1,000 for 2-year programs, $2,000 for 4-year programs, and $3,000 for graduate programs. Preference will be given to students who attend schools in regions where fundraising events were held in 2015. The preference regions for 2016 awards are Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.  Additional consideration will be given to students who previously attended a Targeting Excellence event in one of these states. Finally, preference will always be given to applicants with a desire to work in some aspect of food animal agriculture.  Winners will be selected by a scholarship selection committee comprised of members of the Targeting Excellence Board of Directors and regional leaders involved in food animal agriculture.

Targeting Excellence President, David Funderburke, is passionate about the mission of organization and the significant impact supporting students financially can have on the future of worldwide food security.  He says, “As the economies of emerging nations improve and individual incomes increase, the consumption of protein (in the form of food animals) generally increases as well. Both the quantity and efficiency of the production of food derived from animals will need to improve to keep pace. Students trained in production practices, research scientists and veterinarians working together will all play a critical role in helping meet the future demands that will be placed on food animal agriculture.”

Applications will be accepted between January 15, 2016, and March 15, 2016.  The organization will announce award winners on May 1, 2016, and checks will be mailed on September 1, 2016, after the students submit their enrollment verification.

Targeting Excellence is able to award the 2016 scholarships through the generous support of numerous corporate and individual sponsors as well as those who attended one of our four fund raising events in 2015.  The 2015 bronze, silver, gold, and platinum sponsors included: AB Vista Inc, Ag Choice / Mid-Atlantic Credit, Ajinomoto Heartland, Alltech, American Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, APC Inc, Automated Production Systems, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Buffalo Warren Company, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Mary Ann Christensen, CJ America Inc., Clemens Food Group/Country View Family Farms, Colorado Swine Data, DSM, Elanco, Embrovac LLC, Energy Panel Systems Inc, Farmer Boy Ag, Fiedler Finishing, Good’s Livestock Inc., Hog Slat Inc., Hord Livestock, Huvepharma, International Ingredient Corporation, JBS United Inc, KEMIN, MAF Vet Services, Merck Animal Health, Novus International, Nutriad, Nutriquest, Pennsylvania Livestock Association, Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, Pharmgate, Phibro Animal Health, Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care, PIC, Plainville Farms, Prestage Farms Inc, RC Family Farms Inc., Smithfield Foods, Stone Truck Parts, Swine Vet Center, Topigs Norsvin, Trouw Nutrition, Vetagro Inc., Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc., White Oak Mills, and Zoetis.

Targeting Excellence was founded in 2013 with the vision, “To unite agribusinesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education in a common cause – to ensure the world’s food supply by providing scholarships for students committed to food animal agriculture.” The organization is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit with the IRS.  For more information about submitting a Targeting Excellence scholarship application or making a donation please visit our website or contact Rachel Virden at [email protected].