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Penn State Animal Science Junior Receives Prestigious Poultry Scholarship

Posted: September 26, 2014

Joshua Cassar was one of four students in the country to receive a scholarship from the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association.

Joshua Cassar, Lansdale, a Penn State junior Animal Science major, has received a $2,000 scholarship from the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA), one of four recipients in the country. Cassar has minors in Poultry and Avian Sciences, Spanish, Agribusiness Management and International Agriculture.

Cassar had been very active in the 4-H poultry club and gained an interest and passion for the poultry industry with his experience working on farms. His 4-H projects began at age 12 with three backyard hens, and eventually grew to over 100 birds and multiple coops.

Cassar said, "These experiences helped me decide to choose a career in the poultry industry. I am very appreciative for the opportunities I have gotten as well as the support to help me reach my goals."

Phillip Clauer, senior instructor and extension specialist, said, "Joshua is an outstanding student who is richly deserving of this scholarship. He has a strong commitment to work within the poultry industry upon graduation." Clauer is Cassar's academic advisor.

Cassar is fundraising chair for the Penn State Poultry Science Club and is Marshal and National Convention Chair for Penn State Block & Bridle. He is vice-president of the National Agri-Business Management Association (NAMA), and a member of Delta Theta Sigma, an agricultural fraternity. He does poultry research with R. Michael Hulet, professor of poultry science. In the summer he worked as an intern with Bell and Evans, a 900,000 bird-a-week processing company in Fredericksburg.

Other students who received NPFDA scholarships attend Purdue University, University of Arkansas, and California Polytechnic State University. They must complete an application, write a one page narrative on their goals and ambitions and submit their transcripts, along with a reference letter.

The NPFDA Scholarship Foundation was established in 1979, and has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to select students. Entering its 35th year, the Foundation was designed to help build "People Resources" for the poultry and food industries by providing scholarships to students pursuing an education in all fields relating to the poultry industry. The goal is not only to help students achieve their degrees, but also to support students who may become effective leaders in the poultry industry. Students must be enrolled in a full-time program. Students at all land-grant universities are eligible to apply.