Investing in Future Leaders

Investing in Future Leaders

The Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative (VPGC) Scholarship Program is designed to help prepare a new generation of leaders. While placing an emphasis on encouraging students to pursue academic interests in the field of agriculture, the scholarship is not limited to agricultural studies. Established in 2007, the program provides educational scholarships to those qualified individuals pursuing studies at a technical, two year, or four-year institution. We believe that it is important to invest in the next generation in our community.

Since its inception, VPGC has awarded scholarships to over 50 students. Award winners have pursued careers in Poultry Science, Agriculture, Nursing, Pre-Med, Music Business, Communications and Aviation among many others.

Find out more about the eligibility and requirements here

2020 VPGC Scholarship Winners

Allison Bailey

Daughter of Craig Bailey, grower
Graduate of Turner Ashby High School

Noelia Garcia

Daughter of Maria Garcia, employee
Graduate of Harrisonburg High School

Autumn Hilliards

Daughter of Ryan Hilliards, grower
Graduate of Page County High School

Daniel Judy

Son of Janet Judy, Employee
Graduate of Highland County High School

Jessie Knight III

Son of Jesse Knight, Jr., Employee
Graduate of Turner Ashby High School

Heather Rawley

Daughter of Johnathan & Melissa Rawley, growers
Graduate of Fort Defiance High School

Sara Rawley

Daughter of Johnathan & Melissa Rawley, growers
Graduate of Fort Defiance High School

Christian Ramirez-Ruiz

Son of Miriam Cruz, Employee
Graduate of Harrisonburg High School

Bryce Vrolijk

Son of Son of Linwood & Radella Vrolijk, Growers
Graduate of Eastern Mennonite High School


Requirements and Instructions for Application

Applications closed for 2020

Eligibility is defined as a child of a grower member; a child of an employee; or an employee, exclusive of the Senior Management Team or Board members. Previous award recipients are ineligible.


  • Applicants must have a current GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their school.
  • All applicants must provide current transcripts. All transcripts must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by the high school registrar or Dean of Students. If you received a GED you must provide copies of your GED Certificate and GED scores.
  • Each applicant must include a personal statement as outlined in the application
  • All applicants must provide three (3) references, two (2) of which must submit letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a teacher, counselor or employer; the second must be a personal recommendation from someone other than a family member.
  • An application form must be completed and postmarked (or hand delivered by 3:00 pm) on or before the deadline of April 12, 2020. No applications will be considered after that date, or without all information requested and all enclosures attached.
  • Awards are made with the understanding that the applicant will attend school full term as a full time student carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours. Proof of enrollment for the college or technical program and a W-9 form will be required prior to disbursement of the award.


Download Application Package:

2020 VPGC Scholarship Application