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Cobb-Vantress gift supports poultry science talent

06 October 2017

Science students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in poultry science will soon have a new resource to help fund their education.

The Cobb-Vantress Fellowship Endowment was announced during the August annual meeting of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) in Orlando, FL. The $250,000 gift pledge is to be paid over three years and will support students interested in attending graduate school for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in poultry science.

Cobb-Vantress president Joel Sappenfield said advanced educational opportunities are key to future advancements in poultry science.

“We recognize the critical need for talented young scientists in the poultry breeder and poultry production industries,” Sappenfield said.

(left) Cobb-Vantress president Joel Sappenfield receives a plaque of appreciation from PSA chairwoman Dr. Lisa Bielke for the $250,000 gift establishing the Cobb-Vantress Fellowship Award.

The endowment is intended to support a graduate student during the two to three year academic program for a M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Preference will be given for students interested in the sciences necessary to support advancements in genetics in poultry science. The Cobb-Vantress gift pledge was made during PSA’s recent capital campaign, Charting Our Course – Securing Future Leadership for Poultry.

Cobb-Vantress pedigree geneticist Dr. Anu Frank-Lawale said the company feels privileged to have the opportunity to support the endowment.

“At Cobb-Vantress, we’re committed to encouraging future generations of young poultry professionals and helping them to achieve their greatest potential,” Frank-Lawale said.

The student recruitment process will begin when the endowment is fully established, which is expected in spring 2020. The PSA Foundation plans to announce the inaugural Cobb-Vantress Fellowship recipient during its 2020 annual meeting Louisville, KY.

About Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. makes quality protein accessible, healthy and affordable worldwide. Our research and technology innovates the global poultry industry. With headquarters in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, we are the world’s oldest pedigree broiler breeder. We distribute poultry to more than 120 countries. Find more at

About The Poultry Science Assocation

The Poultry Science Association is committed to research and the dissemination and application of knowledge that supports the poultry industry. PSA is a professional organization with 1,700 members across the globe. For additional information about PSA, visit

About The PSA Foundation

The PSA Foundation is a charitable corporation affiliated with the Poultry Science Association with the primary purpose of advancing the founding principles of PSA. To learn more about the PSA Foundation, the capital campaign, how to donate or the student application process, visit

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