Perdue Farms awards $75,000 in Perdue Foundation scholarships to 15 children of Perdue associates and farm partners

August 25, 2020

SALISBURY, Md. (Tuesday, August 25, 2020) — Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to 15 children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers.  

The Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded each student a $5,000 scholarship. The Foundation was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The Foundation has awarded scholarships to children of its associates and independent farm family partners every year since 1983.

The 15 children who received scholarships are:  

  1. Mara Agapito, daughter of Mario and Jo Ann Agapito of Millsboro, Del., will attend Eastern University. She plans to pursue a degree in medicine and exercise science.
  2. Jordan Hall, son of Brian and Tina Hall of Livingston, Tenn., will attend Tennessee Technological University to pursue a degree in medicine.
  3. Kaira Lee, daughter of Jim and Jennie Lee of Ellerbe, N.C., will attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She will pursue a degree in psychology.
  4. Erin Little, daughter of Timothy and Julie Little of Barnesville, Ga., will attend the University of Georgia. She will pursue a degree in marketing.
  5. Abbigail Nechay, daughter of Frank and Kim Nechay of Hebron, Md., will attend Monmouth University to pursue a degree in business.
  6. Natalie O’Leary, daughter of Neil and Tiffany O’Leary of Delmar, Del., will attend University of Delaware. She plans to pursue a degree in accounting.
  7. Jezzelle Repalbor, son of Jesselyn R. Hare of Georgetown, Del., will attend Dickinson College.
  8. Hayden Riddick, son of J.B. and Terri Riddick of Corapeake, N.C., will attend North Carolina State University at Raleigh to pursue a degree in agronomy and farming.
  9. Norieliz Rodriguez, daughter of Eric Rodriguez Hernandez and Eva Gonzalez Vega of Laurel Hill, N.C., will attend the St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She plans to study biology.
  10. Lilly Roser, daughter of Brenan and Donna Roser of Easton, Md., will attend Elon University. She plans to study journalism and dance.
  11. Bryan SebaRaj, son of Sebastian and Josephin SebaRaj of Salisbury, Md., will attend Yale University to pursue a degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.
  12. Patrick SebaRaj, son of Sebastian and Josephin SebaRaj of Salisbury, Md., will attend Yale University to pursue a degree in computer programming and economics.
  13. Kaley Sponaugle, daughter of Kevin and Cindy Sponaugle of Brandywine, W.Va., will attend Potomac State College of West Virginia University to pursue a degree in dentistry.
  14. Abigail Taylor, daughter of John and Beth Taylor of Whitakers, N.C., will attend Meredith College to pursue a degree in child development.
  15. Nkaujhnub Vue, daughter of Tou Vue and Maihoua Yang of Wadesboro, N.C., will attend North Carolina State University at Raleigh. She plans to pursue a degree in computer programming.

About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®.

About Perdue Farms
We’re a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.

The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and the company is the leader in organic chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. Now in our centennial year, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. Learn more at corporate.perduefarms.com.

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