Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship Programs

Mountaire Farms is pleased to announce it is once again offering scholarship opportunities in the amount of $2,500 to college-bound children/grandchildren of our employees, growers and grain producers.

The 2020 Scholarship program is an outstanding way to recognize young people and provide assistance in achieving their educational goals. Preference will be given to those with an industry-related course of study. Deadline for applications for the 2020 Mountaire Scholarship program has been extended to June 15, 2020. Winners will be announced July 15.

“As a company that prides itself on operational excellence, leadership training and strong family values, we are honored to offer these scholarship opportunities. Through this program we are able to assist the families that keep us strong and meet and recognize some amazing young men and women. All scholarship applicants demonstrate a commitment to their education and the leadership qualities for a successful future. Choosing the winners is truly an honor.”

– Patrick Townsend, Director of Human Resources

Apply for 2020 Scholarship

The winners for the 2019 Mountaire Scholarship program were:


Delmarva: Vicky Vazquez, Sourasack Sananikone, Thelma M Gault Godinez, and Suhey Matamoros

Delaware: Mckenna Longo, Courtney Floyd, Hannah Slacum, and Colton Schweiger

Lumber Bridge: Rebecca Redmond, Chkylle Apoline Boado, Caroline Luther, and Imani Patterson

Siler City: Marlene Gomez, Dalia Mondragon, Cortney Maness, and Kayla Mullins

Broiler Growers:

Delmarva: John Ring and Kate Beauchamp

Delaware: Christopher Clifton and Payge Hudson

Lumber Bridge: Chason Gaines and Olivia Matthews


Brianna Bradburn and Jonathan Echerd


Hunter Willoughby, Madison Cook, Taylor Cartanza, and Zachary Adams

Better Carolina Award and Better Delmarva Award

The Mountaire Better Awards are monthly awards designed to highlight individuals, businesses, organizations or classrooms who are going above and beyond to assist others in their community or to improve/protect the environment. Each month a winner is chosen by a Mountaire selection committee from submitted nominations.

Each winner receives a crystal engraved trophy. The Better Carolina Award winner is highlighted in print with the Fayetteville Observer Newspaper and on www.mountaire.com. The Better Delmarva Award winner is highlighted on a WMDT-TV commercial, on select WMDT web features and on www.mountaire.com.

Our goal is not only to recognize those who are already making a difference in the state of North Carolina and on the Delmarva Peninsula, but to encourage others to take on a greater role in bettering their local communities or improving the local environment. Anyone who is volunteering at community events, performing wonders in a local hospital, teaching in a classroom, helping the homeless, or something as simple as cleaning up the trash along our roadways can be a candidate for this award.

Please use the form below to nominate someone for the Mountaire Better Award. We also encourage you to send photos of the nominee in action.

 Scholar Athlete Award

Our local communities have many outstanding young individuals that Mountaire feels are an inspiration to the rest of us. By calling attention to their hard work, commitment to excellence, and team leadership Mountaire Farms joined together with two news outlets – WBOC-TV, DE and Civitas Media Group, NC to create a unique program that highlights and honors outstanding student athletes on Delmarva and in the North Carolina counties of Robeson, Scotland and Bladen. Each month, this award recognizes a male/female athlete in his/her senior year who carries a “B” average or higher and is recognized by their coaches for outstanding sportsmanship and performance in athletic competition.

Please use the form below to nominate someone for the Scholar Athlete Award.

 Thanksgiving for Thousands

Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands program has been feeding needy families on Delmarva for the past 24 years. To date, we’ve served more than 740,000 people! In North Carolina, we’ve been serving Thanksgiving for Thousands for the past decade. It’s a great example of a community coming together to help those in need. We partner with area churches, food banks, and governmental agencies to serve families a complete Thanksgiving feast, ready to cook and just in time for the holiday. Each box contains a plump Mountaire roaster chicken, can of corn, green beans, yams, gravy, stuffing and a box of brownie mix.  Our belief is that by selecting a nutritious array of staple food and a bird, recipients may cook the meal from home just they way they like it. Since its inception, we’ve fed hundreds of thousands of meals to families in need.

On Saturday, November 10th, volunteers will partner with local grocery stores to collect food donation on Delmarva. Stop by any of these participating stores: Giant Stores – Rehoboth Beach, Long Neck, Millville; Safeway Store – Rehoboth Beach; Hocker’s Super Center – Clarksville, Bethany Beach; Wal-Mart – Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown, Berlin, Seaford and Milford; Redner’s – West and North Dover, Georgetown, Camden, Milford; and Save-A-Lot – Millsboro, Seaford. Our volunteers will have lists available of suggested items to purchase and donate. On Monday, November 19th from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., more than 350 volunteers will meet at our warehouse in Selbyville to pack the food boxes and organize them for distribution. Food boxes will be distributed to community organizations the following day, on November 20th. This is one of the great food distribution events of the year, and we invite you to be part of a team that has helped so many in our community.

In North Carolina, our employees will be packing boxes on Saturday, November 17th and distribution will occur the same day.

If you would like to help those less fortunate have a Thanksgiving meal this year, please consider joining our volunteer team. For information on how you can help, contact Roger Marino at rmarino@mountaire.com or by calling (302) 934-3123.

Or consider joining our Feed-A-Family Campaign.  Thanks to Mountaire’s partnership with the Delaware Community Foundation you can donate $10 or more to the Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands Fund and help us feed another family in need this holiday season.  Each $10 donation creates another meal box from the program.

To donate via credit card or check please click here!

Chickin’ Pickin’ Championship

The Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ Championship is a contest of speed, skill and strategy designed to determine the fastest chicken picker on the Peninsula.  Competitors have 5 minutes to pick and shred as much cooked meat from our oven roasted chickens as possible.  The 2 hour event features twenty contestants who square off five at a time through four preliminary heats, with the winner of each heat moving onto the championship round. These twenty competitors have unlimited cooked ‘birds available to them throughout the 5 minute rounds, however they must pick and shred all the meat and skin from each 5 lbs roaster before they can move onto a new bird.  Contest judges are on stage to determine when a bird is deemed completely picked to the bone and a contestant can move to the next one.  Each competitor places all the picked meat in a meat tray, which is then weighed at the rounds end to determine who moves onto the finals for a chance to win the $500 in prize money and claim the title of Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ Champion!

Southeastern Grain & Feed Association Scholarship

Once again, Mountaire employees and their families are eligible to apply for one of eight $2,000 scholarships that the Southeastern Grain & Feed Association is awarding this year to the employees, children and grandchildren of active SEG&FA member companies.

The 2018 Southeastern Grain & Feed Association Scholarship deadline is July 2, 2018. 


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