On the move to build a world of knowledge

Fifty-six students from five countries are named to the Cargill Global Scholars program

Gurgaon – When Shyam Prasad left his home and his parents in the small Indian town of Jainamore at age 11 to advance his studies, he had no idea where his educational road would lead. After completing his class 10 courses, for the next two years he would hopscotch from Bokaro to Gurgaon to Delhi to Hyderabad, crisscrossing India while preparing to go to university.

But the constant motion didn’t derail him. Maintaining his focus while on the move, he passed his Joint Entrance Examination for Indian Institutes of Technology on the first try and enrolled at IIT Bombay to study electrical engineering.

Now, he’s getting help from Cargill to continue forward on his academic path.

Prasad is one of 56 university students recently named as Cargill Global Scholars, a program to help promising minds complete their studies while also receiving mentoring from Cargill leaders and participating in other enrichment activities. The 56 scholars hail from Brazil, Russia, India, China and the U.S.
"It feels great to be called a Cargill Global Scholar. I am quite excited to meet fellow scholars all around the globe, interact with mentors and Cargill employees, and learn from all of them," said Prasad. "The scholarship funding is like cherry on the cake."

Prasad and his cohort represent the second group of Cargill Global Scholars, selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on Cargill’s behalf from candidates attending targeted universities in the above countries. Cargill committed approximately $6 million to fund the five-year program, which will eventually reach more than 200 future leaders training to work in a variety of professions.

"Organizations in India’s fast-growing economy face unique leader development challenges. Initiatives like the Global Scholars Program will help develop the critical skills leaders need to drive growth in India," said Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India.

The first-year scholars will take part in a variety of technical learning and volunteering opportunities in their own countries. Meanwhile, the group selected last year will build on their knowledge for their second year by traveling to Cargill headquarters in Minneapolis at the end of July to participate in a workshop on food safety, a crucial discipline for helping the world maintain a safe, affordable food supply.

"It’s very exciting to see this next group of high-potential students come into our program and help us build on the success of the first year," said Pat Bowe, Cargill corporate vice president and executive sponsor of the program. “All of us at Cargill who work with the scholars have been deeply impressed with their talent and drive.”

In addition to their ongoing mentorship with Cargill leaders, after graduating from their universities, all of the scholars also will join the program’s global alumni network, with future opportunities for further learning and development.



Anjali Kakkar, anjali_kakkar@cargill.com 


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About Cargill in India

Cargill’s operations in India started in 1987. It has businesses in refined oils, food ingredients, grain and oilseeds, sugar, cotton, animal feed, trade structured finance and operate a non-banking financial company. Cargill markets leading consumer brands of edible oils such as NatureFresh, Gemini and Sweekar and Rath brand of hydrogenated fats in India. Cargill also markets NatureFresh brand of packaged wheat flour. It employs more than 2,000 employees working across offices and plants and a network of warehouses and depots.

About Cargill Community Giving and Education

Cargill provides support to organizations, projects and programs that fall in three focus areas: nutrition and health; education; and environmental stewardship. In the education area, we support innovative programs that improve academic achievement and increase access to education for socio-economically disadvantaged children. Our commitment to education also includes grant making to selected higher education institutions, a higher education employee-matching-gifts program, and post-secondary educational scholarships.

About IIE

The Cargill Global Scholars Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of Cargill. Founded in 1919, IIE is one of the most experienced not-for-profit organizations in the field of international education and scholarship management, and has worked extensively in areas of leadership development. IIE currently administers over 200 programs benefiting over 25,000 men and women from 175 nations.