Arlington, Va., January 22, 2014 -- The American Feed Industry Association’s Equipment Manufacturers Committee is now accepting applications from universities for its two new scholarship opportunities. The scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will support students who have chosen educational pathways in the feed and grain industry at a qualified, higher educational institution.
“The first EMC scholarship partnership began with Kansas State University,” said Keith Epperson, AFIA’s vice president of manufacturing and training. “With the help of IFEEDER (the Institute for Feed Education & Research), EMC is now searching for two additional universities to partner with beginning in spring 2014.”
The awarded scholarships are for a five-year commitment with the selected universities. Applicants must provide degreed academic programs in the field of feed or grain sciences or other industry related programs; maintain a cooperative and active working relationship with AFIA; and a willingness to periodically report to EMC about the direction of the program and distribution of the scholarship awards.
Qualified institutions are asked to provide detailed information on all the requested items below. Institutional applicants will be evaluated based on their responses.
· A summary of the degreed programs in feed, milling or grain sciences
· A review of the typical number of students enrolled in feed, milling or grain programs and the average number of yearly graduates including recent trends about enrollment in those programs
· Mission or vision statements of institutions programs or departments
· Three to five year strategic plan for institutions programs or departments
· A description of institutions on-site facilities
· A review of any internship programs
· Examples of research data or support provided to the industry
Applications are to be submitted electronically to Epperson by Feb. 15.
AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 550 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.