Learn more about the impact the Cargill Global Scholars Program has had on Scholars in the United States.
What is the Cargill Global Scholars Program?
The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a distinctive, two-year leadership development program that provides financial support, in addition to leadership development training and one-on-one mentoring.
The purpose of the Cargill Global Scholars Program is to build a global network of future leaders who will one day make important contributions to advance business, agriculture and food security.
Cargill Global Scholars are students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievements, leadership potential and study in food, agriculture and risk management.
There are several key reasons to be a part of the Cargill Global Scholars Program.
- Receive scholarship funding for up to two years to help off-set your undergraduate education expenses
- Participate in Cargill Global Scholars enrichment activities where you will have the opportunity to network with Cargill executives, community and business leaders, and members of the Cargill Global Scholars worldwide network
- Receive academic and professional guidance and counseling from a Cargill leader through the mentorship program
- Join a growing community of future world leaders and visionaries
Who Can Apply?
Applicant eligibility will be determined based on meeting the required criteria.
- Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Enrollment in one of the partner universities which include:
- Alcorn State University
- Amherst College
- Cornell University
- Iowa State University
- Kansas State University
- Ohio State University
- Pennsylvania State University (State College Campus)
- Purdue University
- Stanford University
- Texas A & M University, College Station
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- Currently enrolled as a full-time Freshman or Sophomore undergraduate student and/or will be graduating between May 2023 and August 2024 (if you have enough credits to qualify as a junior, but will be graduating with your bachelor’s degree between these dates, you are eligible to apply.)
- Demonstrate high academic performance
- Demonstrate leadership potential
Special consideration will be given to applicants who can also demonstrate:
- Specialization in one of the following fields:
- Agriculture Related Field
- Computer Science/Data Science
- Environmental Studies/Sustainability
- Food Science
- International Relations
- Affiliation with one of the following underrepresented groups: Female, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, Student with Disabilities, First Generation College Student, Veteran, LGBTQ+.
- Financial Need
* International students who are studying in the U.S. at a partner university on an F-1 or J-1 visa and who do not hold permanent U.S. residency are not eligible to apply.
How Many Scholarships will be Awarded in the United States?
Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in the 2020-2021 academic year.
What are the Scholarship Benefits?
There are substantial benefits to being a Cargill Global Scholar.
- Receive an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years, to help off-set any academic related expenses.
- Participate in a fully-funded three-day leadership seminar during the first year of the program that will bring together the 10 newly selected U.S. scholars. This leadership seminar is designed to enhance the scholars’ leadership skills, ensuring that each participant’s full potential to effect change is reached at the culmination of the program.
- Participate in a fully funded Global Leadership Seminar during the second year of the program. This activity will bring together all of the Cargill Global Scholars from each cohort across the six program countries for a week-long seminar that will involve a series of experiential learning enrichment activities coupled with networking opportunities with Cargill executives.
- Be paired with a Cargill leader who will serve as a mentor. The Cargill mentors will help the scholars identify short and long term academic and professional goals and will assist in reaching these goals through networking and ongoing communications.
- Become a member of the Cargill Global Scholars alumni community.
What are the Deadlines & Dates?
- The Cargill Global Scholars Program application for the 2020-2021 cycle in the U.S. closed on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Details on the next application cycle will be shared on the website in the fall of 2021.
- Semi-finalists from the 2020-2021 U.S. application cycle will be interviewed via video in mid to late April 2021, and scholarship winners will be announced by mid-May 2021.
- PLEASE NOTE: All selected finalists must be available to participate in the 2021 U.S. In-Country Leadership Seminar, which will take place either in-person or virtually during the summer of 2021 (exact details TBD). Participation is mandatory – no exceptions.
HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED THE PROGRAM?
The safety and well-being of our Cargill Global Scholars Program participants is of the utmost importance to us. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all program activities that had been planned to take place in-person in 2020 were transitioned to take place virtually. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic over the coming months to assess whether program activities for 2021 will happen through an in-person or virtual format.
How do I Apply?
The U.S. application is closed at this time. Please check the website in the fall of 2021 for details on when the next application cycle will open.
If you submitted an application for the 2020-2021 competition, please visit the Applications page to view your completed application.