Many college students face barriers to success, from affording tuition to accessing promising career paths when stepping into the job market. The Cargill University THRIVE program was created to address this challenge, working with university partners to ensure more equitable access for women and minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as agriculture and business.
Focused on universities serving minority students, the THRIVE program provides financial support through scholarships and expands further to encourage long-term academic success through mentoring, development programming and career coaching. In an effort to help underrepresented students, Cargill announced the $6 million program that will support 8 universities and associations who are prioritizing higher education opportunities for all. The goal is to help participating students convert their education into meaningful careers.
The THRIVE program will initially be offered at Alcorn State University and Tuskegee University (both Historically Black College & Universities), Texas A&M University (a Hispanic-Serving Institution) and long-standing Cargill partner institutions including Iowa State University; Kansas State University; University of Minnesota; Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS); and the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
“To feed a growing world, we need diverse perspectives at the table that drive innovation. The Cargill University THRIVE program invests in the next generation of leaders. These are the students who will make the future of food and agriculture more diverse, equitable and inclusive, and who we hope will build long-term careers, at Cargill and within the food and ag sector,” Myriam Beatove, Cargill’s chief human resources officer.
The THRIVE program is part of Cargill’s broader commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which is focused on achieving gender parity, advancing underrepresented groups in leadership positions around the world.
“We are pleased to partner with Cargill on this mission-critical project. Their support helps the University reach its goal of providing world-class co-curricular opportunities for our students. We could not be more excited about our new partnership,” said Phillip Howard, Tuskegee’s vice president for advancement.