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Targeting Excellence Scholarship

Targeting Excellence is now accepting 2024 scholarship applications.  Scholarships will be awarded to both undergraduate as well as graduate & veterinary students enrolled in a food animal agriculture related curriculum at an institution that offers agriculture degrees.

A total of approximately $165,000 will be awarded in 2024 from the applications that are submitted.  Scholarship amounts will be based on the program in which the student is enrolled for the Fall 2024 semester:

  • $1,000 for 2-year programs
  • $2,000 for 4-year programs
  • $3,000 for graduate & veterinary programs.  

The preference regions for 2024 awards are Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Additional consideration will be given to students who previously attended any Targeting Excellence event. Finally, preference will always be given to applicants with a desire to work in some aspect of food animal agriculture.  Winners will be selected by a scholarship selection committee comprised of members of the Targeting Excellence Board of Directors and regional leaders involved in food animal agriculture.
Targeting Excellence President, David Funderburke, is passionate about the mission of organization and the significant impact supporting students financially can have on the future of worldwide food security.  He says, “As the economies of emerging nations improve and individual incomes increase, the consumption of protein (in the form of food animals) generally increases as well. Both the quantity and efficiency of the production of food derived from animals will need to improve to keep pace. Students trained in production practices, research scientists and veterinarians working together will all play a critical role in helping meet the future demands that will be placed on food animal agriculture.”

Applications are being accepted now through March 21, 2024.  The organization will announce award winners April 2024, and checks will be mailed on September 1, 2024, once students submit their enrollment verification for the Fall 2024 semester.

Please click on the button below to download a flyer that includes all pertinent information about the 2024 application process and distribute to your students:


Targeting Excellence is able to award the 2024 scholarships through the generous support of numerous corporate and individual sponsors as well as those who previously attended one of our Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic events.  

Targeting Excellence was founded in 2013 with the vision, “To unite agribusinesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education in a common cause – to ensure the world’s food supply by providing scholarships for students committed to food animal agriculture.” The organization is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit with the IRS.  For more information about submitting a Targeting Excellence scholarship application or making a donation please visit our website or contact Rachel Virden at