Cargill Donates $100,000 For Student Transitions

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News

Cargill announced that it has granted $100,000 to the American Indian College Fund (College Fund). The gift will benefit 25 student scholarships and a professional development initiative called “Backpacks to Briefcase,” which ensures the successful transition of students to their professional lives.

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their financial need, education enrollment status, and community involvement. Students were selected in August 2008 for the 2008-09 academic year.

The College Fund supports qualified American Indian scholars by providing financial support to encourage them to remain in college and complete a college degree. The fund believes that an education enables American Indian students to make a better life for themselves and their families, while providing valuable contributions to their communities and nation.

“As a company, Cargill is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, and we’re dedicated to supporting education in our communities,” says Margaret Studer, vice president of global diversity and inclusion at Cargill. “We are pleased to contribute to the American Indian College Fund in order to help these students succeed in the classroom, and beyond.”

Richard B. Williams, president and CEO of the fund, said, “Cargill, through its generosity, is making a profound difference in American Indian students’ lives. For most of our students, winning a scholarship is the only hope of realizing the dream of education. Cargill’s grant will ensure that American Indian students can pursue their dreams, changing their lives, their families’ lives, and their communities,” Williams said.

For more information on Cargill, visit For more information about the American Indian College Fund or to make a donation, visit

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