The Cargill Global Scholars program will provide financial support, leadership development and enrichment opportunities to nearly 200 undergraduate students in five countries. The selected individuals will be chosen based on their demonstrated high level of academic performance and leadership potential.
"Cargill has long been committed to improving the communities in which we operate, and supporting higher education is part of this commitment," said Pat Bowe, corporate vice-president at Cargill. "The Cargill Global Scholars program will succeed when these students go on to become important leaders in their respective communities and industries and be part of a global network of program alumni."
"What makes this program exceptional is the keen involvement of Cargill employees as mentors for these scholars, which is a unique aspect of a program of this scope," said IIE President Allan E. Goodman. "In addition to financial support, students will gain valuable opportunities to observe and learn from business and community leaders in their own countries."
Students who are selected as Cargill Global Scholars will receive scholarship funds of up to $2,500 per year for up to three years and will be invited to take part in a series of leadership and enrichment activities designed to enhance their critical thinking skills and equip them with the tools necessary for becoming leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields.
In the first year of the program, each Cargill Global Scholar will participate in leadership training modules. They will also be paired with a Cargill employee, including company executives, who will serve as a mentor over the next several years. These mentors will help students identify and realize short- and long-term academic and professional goals.
In addition, five top-performing students from each country who are in the second year of their program will be selected to attend an event at Cargill's global headquarters in Minnesota or a Cargill-related facility to take part in a week-long global leadership program. As part of their time in Cargill's Global Scholars program, the students will participate in individual and group leadership experiential learning opportunities led by NGOs that specialize in youth leadership development. The students will also have the opportunity to learn from and network with Cargill executives. Finally, as the Global Scholars complete their leadership and enrichment activities under this program and graduate from selected universities, they will join a global alumni network of Cargill Global Scholars, where enrichment and networking opportunities will continue.
Initially, students from five countries will be selected as Cargill Global Scholars. These countries include Brazil, China, Russia, India and the U.S., where Cargill has significant operations or interest. IIE will work with specific universities in each of these countries to identify the Cargill Global Scholars. Targeted outreach will be conducted to reach under-represented groups in higher education in each country or region.
Approximately 50 to 70 Cargill Global Scholars from these five countries will be selected each year. The first group of nearly 60 students will be selected in May and June 2013 and will begin their three-year program of activities in June and July 2013. In total, nearly 200 Cargill Global Scholars will participate in this scholarship program over the next seven years.
For more information on eligibility requirements and participating universities, visit www.cargillglobalscholars.com.