Perdue Farms awards Tuskegee University grant for scholarships

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE

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Teri Sumbry

334-724-4552

334-339-1928

tsumbry@mytu.tuskegee.edu

 

PERRY, Ga. (May 14, 2013) — In a presentation at its plant in Perry, Ga., Perdue Farms awarded $10,000 in grant money to Tuskegee University. May 8, faculty and students from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were invited to tour the Perdue facilities, speak with officials in operations, and pick up the check that will be used for scholarships.

Olga Bolden-Tiller, head of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences said two students would be chosen in the fall to receive $5,000 scholarships. The grant is part of a three-year commitment from Perdue totaling $30,000 in scholarship money for six Tuskegee students. Although the scholarships are open to all students, it is designed for Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students interested in poultry.

The grant is funded through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. According to its website, Perdue Farms is “the family-owned parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness.”

Jim Hungate, human resources manager at Perdue Farms, said Perdue and Tuskegee University have developed a strong relationship over the years through a successful track record of internships and employment. Hungate said Tuskegee students are not only academically prepared, they are model citizens who are well rounded and possess a high level of integrity.

For scholarship application info, contact: Bolden-Tiller at 334-727-8403 or email obtiller@mytu.tuskegee.edu.