Zack Peppmeier

Zack Peppmeier

2018 Graduate Award (North Carolina)

Thank you so much for your support. This scholarship will go a long way in assisting with funding as I continue my education this fall 2018 at North Carolina State University where I will be studying animal science. I hope you continue to support young adults, such as myself, looking to make an impact on agriculture.


Shannon City, IA


North Carolina State University


Animal Science

Career Goals:

Dear Targeting Excellence Scholarship Committee,

I am currently a senior at Iowa State University studying Animal Science and graduating this May 2018. As an undergraduate, I have been an active member of various clubs, including Block & Bridle as well as Meat Science Club, as seen in the resume attached to my scholarship application. Also, I was a member of the 2016 Iowa State University Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team which sparked my passion for pork quality. Other areas of interest include: gilt structure and conformation, gilt selection, and sow longevity. This passion for swine production has developed due to my experience raising swine, cattle, and sheep on my family’s diversified farm.
I plan to attend graduate school where I will receive my master’s graduate degree in Animal Science at North Carolina State University. After receiving my master’s degree, I plan to gain a position within the swine industry. I hope to gain employment where I can better improve selection practices and thus sow productivity within the company. This 2018 summer, I plan to expand my experiences and opportunities by possibly interning with Iowa State Extension to see if extension is a different venue I would like to pursue. Additionally, I have recently been looking into continuing my education after a masters with the possibility of receiving a Ph.D. at which time I could continue with research. Although my exact area of employment is unsure, my direction towards making an impact and further improving the swine industry is certain. Thank you for your consideration of my application.

Zack Peppmeier