Nora Faris Receives Missouri Pork Association’s Missy North Memorial Scholarship

Columbia, Mo.,—The Missouri Pork Association has awarded the second annual Missy North Memorial Scholarship to Nora Faris, a junior at the University of Missouri from Concordia. Her selection was announced at the 2017 Missouri Pork Expo on February 7 in Columbia, Missouri.


The scholarship, awarded to a student planning to pursue a career in the pork industry, was made possible by Bob North and his family in honor of his late wife, Missy. She had a passion for raising pigs and was very active in the industry.


Nora is the daughter of Paul and Betty Faris of Concordia, Missouri. Her family has always been involved in the pork industry – and she has been promoting pork as long as she can remember.


Nora is active in the agriculture industry while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at the University of Missouri. She is active in the Mortar Board Collegiate Honor Society, and the Mizzou Student Foundation. She is also a television report and digital content producer with KOMU 8 News in Columbia. She was the Missouri FFA Association State Secretary from 2014-2015, and participated in the MU Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and CAFNR Dickinson Scholars Program. She was an MPA Youth Pork Ambassador in 2014.


Nora plans to receive her bachelor’s degree in science and agricultural journalism, with minors in agricultural economics and broadcast tv/radio news reporting and anchoring from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018. She then plans to attend law school, and focus her studies in agribusiness, international trade, natural resources and biotechnology law.


To be eligible, students must be an undergraduate in a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture majoring in animal sciences or a related field and planning to pursue a career in swine production management or related field. Applicants were to complete an online application and provide two letters of recommendation and academic transcripts.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.


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