> A S S O C I A T I O N NOV/DEC 2020 I NEWS & VIEWS I 17 University of Maryland Awarded $4,600 USPOULTRY Foundation Student Recruiting Grant The USPOULTRY Foundation recently awarded a $4,600 student recruiting grant to the University of Maryland. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Perdue Farms. The check was presented by Mike Levengood, vice president, chief animal care officer and farmer relationship advocate at Perdue Farms and vice chairman of the USPOULTRY board of directors, to Dr. Shawna Weimer, assistant professor at the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. The grant will be used to support the university’s college of agriculture and natural resources, which offers various agricultural degrees, many of which include poultry- focused classes and learning experiences. Funds will be used to help recruit students to the program, exposing students to the various career opportunities in the agriculture sector. The USPOULTRY Foundation board recently approved student recruiting grants totaling $275,663 to 26 colleges and universities across the United States with a poultry science department or industry-related degree program. The USPOULTRY Foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs. The grants are made possible by gifts to the Foundation from companies, individuals and families, in addition to funds earned over the years at the International Poultry Expo, part of the IPPE. Mike Levengood (far right), Perdue Farms, presents the student recruiting check to Dr. Shawna Weimer (far left), University of Maryland. With them are several of Dr. Weimer’s students.