MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill is looking to make college more accessible and affordable through scholarships and mentoring.

The Cargill University THRIVE program was created to address these challenges, working with university partners to ensure access for women and minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as agriculture and business. Focused on universities serving minority students, the THRIVE program provides financial support through scholarships as well as mentoring, development programming and career coaching.

“To feed a growing world, we need diverse perspectives at the table that drive innovation,” said Myriam Beatove, chief human resources officer at Cargill. “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.”

The $6 million THRIVE program will support eight universities and associations including:

  • Alcorn State University 
  • Tuskegee University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Iowa State University 
  • Kansas State University 
  • University of Minnesota 
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
  • Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

Cargill said the THRIVE program is part of it is broader commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which is focused on achieving gender parity, advancing underrepresented groups in leadership positions around the world and combatting anti-Black racism.