Statler awarded Delaware Poultry Industry college scholarship

Nine students pursuing college and graduate studies connected to careers in Delmarva’s chicken industry will receive $2,000 scholarships through the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. (DPI) College Scholarship Program. Eight of the recipients will attend undergraduate colleges in the fall, including one local student, and one graduate student was also awarded a scholarship.

The local scholarship winner is Cole Statler of Millsboro, a senior at Sussex Central High School who is headed to the University of Delaware. A chicken grower’s grandson, Statler aims to become an engineer equipped to improve the operation of processing plants, farm equipment and chicken houses.

“By supporting these students, DPI is investing in the next generation of leadership for our chicken community,” said Holly Porter, DPI’s executive director. “We encourage these young people to put their education and skills to use in Delmarva’s $3.4 billion chicken economy when they graduate.”

Since 1985, DPI has awarded more than $144,000 through its College Scholarship Program. The scholarships are funded by DPI’s College Scholarship Golf Tournament, taking place this year on June 5 at Green Hill Country Club near Quantico, Md. For more information, visit