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:
- 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
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- Currently enrolled as a full-time Freshman or Sophomore undergraduate student
- 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
- Environmental Studies
- Food Science
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Public Policy
- 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.
- Financial Need
* International students who are studying in the U.S. at a partner university and who do not hold permanent residency are not eligible to apply.
How Many Scholarships will be Awarded in the United States?
Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in the 2018-2019 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 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 to be held at one of Cargill’s global locations during the second year of the program. This activity will bring together all of the Cargill Global Scholars from each cohort from across all of the 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, face-to-face meetings and regular email and phone communication.
- Become a member of the Cargill Global Scholars alumni community.
What are the Deadlines & Dates?
- The Cargill Global Scholars Program application for the 2018-2019 cycle in the U.S. is now open. The U.S. application deadline is March 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
- Semi-finalists from the 2018-2019 U.S. application cycle will be interviewed via Skype mid to late April 2019, and scholarship winners will be announced by mid-May 2019.
- PLEASE NOTE: if selected as a designated finalist, you must be available to participate in the 2019 U.S. Leadership Seminar in late June 2019. Further details on the date and location of the U.S. Leadership Seminar will be provided here once available.
How do I Apply?
The application must be completed in full and submitted by the deadline of March 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
In order to get started with the application, you will first need to register online and create an account.
Program staff will be visiting several partner universities throughout the month of January. Join us for an in-person information session!
The Ohio State University
Thursday, January 17th, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST: Arps Hall, room 457
Friday, January 18th, 1:00-2:00 PM EST: Scott Lab, room E100
Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30-7:30 PM EST: Department of Computer Science, Lawson Building, room 3102A/B
Texas A&M University
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2:30-3:30 PM CST: Memorial Student Center, room 1400
Thursday, January 24th, 5:30-6:30PM CST: Memorial Student Center, room 2503
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, January 24th, 3:30-4:30 PM CST: National and International Scholarships Program, Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor
Kansas State University
Thursday, January 31st, 6:30-7:30 PM CST: Berney Family Welcome Center, Davis Theatre
Upcoming webinars for US students
Interested in learning more about the program and getting application tips? Register for one of our upcoming Cargill Global Scholars webinars via the links below:
Friday, January 18th, 5:00-6:00 PM EST
Monday, January 28th, 7:00-8:00 PM EST
Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00-8:00 PM EST
Thursday, February 14th, 5:00-6:00 PM EST