The new REACH program seeks to award five full-tuition scholarships to students pursuing an Animal Sciences degree at Purdue University. REACH Scholars will gain a broader view of the poultry industry and develop invaluable leadership, cultural, and poultry science skills needed to be successful in poultry-related careers. Awardees will have the opportunity to have immersive, hands-on experiences and mentoring outside of the traditional classroom.

How to apply

In order to be considered for the REACH program, students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and accepted into Purdue’s College of Agriculture. REACH Scholars will major in Animal Sciences. Preference is given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minority students. Once accepted, eligible applicants will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the REACH program. Applicants are highly recommended to apply by the November 1st Early Action deadline.  

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Program benefits 

  • Full tuition and fees for 8 semesters and stipend for books
  • Paid internship 
  • Funded 10-day study abroad program to the Netherlands
  • Funding to attend professional poultry science conference
  • Networking with industry and funded industry tours
  • Mentoring program focused on inclusiveness and student success

Careers Opportunities in Poultry Science

  • Avian Biologist
  • Breeding Supervisor
  • Communication Specialist
  • Complex Compliance Officer
  • Country Extension Agent
  • Engineer
  • Feed Inspector
  • Flock Supervisor
  • Food Scientist
  • Government agencies
  • Hatchery Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Production Manager
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Turkey Grower
  • Veterinary Medicine
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Contact Info 

For more information about this program, contact Elizabeth Karcher ekarcher@purdue.edu 

This work is supported by Multicultural Scholars Program [grant no. 2022-03962] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.