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Building a more equitable future, one student at a time.

As part of Cargill’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Cargill University thrive Program was created to break down some of the barriers to success faced by many college students. By working alongside select university partners, the Cargill University thrive Program hopes to ensure more equitable access to careers in Business, Agriculture, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for women and historically underserved students.

With a focus on universities serving these students, the Cargill University thrive Program provides financial support through scholarships as well as mentorship, development programming and career coaching to encourage long-term success. The end goal is to help participating students convert their education into meaningful careers. 

Important partnerships lead to great results.

The Cargill University thrive Program is currently being offered at select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), long-standing Cargill partner institutions and through select National Minority Organizations (NMOs)

  • Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Alcorn State University and Tuskegee University
  • Hispanic-serving institution: Texas A&M University
  • Long-standing Cargill partner institutions: Iowa State University, Kansas State University and University of Minnesota
  • National Minority Organizations (NMOs): Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

We are proud to partner with so many great institutions to establish and grow the Cargill University thrive Program.

One program. Many benefits.

With an emphasis on providing both financial support and development opportunities that cultivate future leaders, the Cargill University thrive Program is an ideal environment for eligible students to build and expand their network while preparing for their career. 

All participants receive valuable mentorship to help them grow and develop.

One of the most exciting aspects of graduating from college is navigating your career path. To help prepare for this transition, all scholars receive valuable mentorship to help with growth and development.  

We help develop the skills needed to thrive.

Throughout their time in the Cargill University thrive Program, scholar's will have access to various development courses and opportunities designed to provide essential coaching in support of their personal and professional growth as they prepare to transition from college to career. Topics include personal brand, emotional intelligence, transitioning through change, building trust and more. This programming is one of the many ways the Cargill University thrive Program helps develop the skills students need to thrive in their future career.

With a commitment to empowering underserved students to achieve their goals, we’re building a diverse community.

With each year, the Cargill University thrive Program is building and expanding our network of current and former participants. As they progress through the program, scholars will find themselves among a network of diverse people from different backgrounds. Together, scholars will form the foundation of the next generation of groundbreakers and world changers.

Being a part of the Cargill thrive program has allowed me to be able to create a path for a career that I hoped to pursue in the future. I would say, prior to joing the program, I didn't really have a set idea of what I wanted to do and my options were kind of set down a singular path. With the help of Cargill, and the Cargill thrive program, I'm able to expand these ideas outside of just pursing one pathway within food science. Carol, thrive scholar Quote

A program with a purpose.

The Cargill University thrive Program was established to create development, leadership and scholarship opportunities in support of women and historically underserved students in the U.S. To be eligible for thrive, a student must be actively enrolled in one of the partner organizations and be studying in a relevant major or discipline, which varies depending on the institution. They must remain in their approved major and maintain specific GPA/academic requirements. Students must also be able to participate in development activities in person. International students are not eligible for this program.