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Indian students among 60 worldwide students chosen to be trained as future leaders under Cargill’s Global Scholar Program


For the fifth consecutive year, Cargill, in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), is continuing the Global Scholars Program which aims to build a foundation for future leaders by getting new talent ready to take on exciting opportunities and challenges.

The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a distinctive scholarship opportunity that not only provides financial support, but offers leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program. These enrichment activities have been designed to help foster and enhance leadership potential and critical thinking skills in the students, and equip them with the tools necessary for becoming future global leaders and decisions makers.

The program being run in six countries will support 60 talented and high-performing undergraduate students this year. The selected individuals will be chosen based on their demonstrated high level of academic performance and leadership potential.

In India, 10 scholarships are being awarded for the academic year 2017-2018 to students in leading science and technology institutions – Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar and National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. The total number of participating colleges being five.

“Cargill is investing in the next generation of agriculture, food and nutrition leaders. The purpose of the Cargill Global Scholars Program is to build a global network of future leaders who will one make important contributions to advance business, agriculture and food security. In addition to financial support, students receive leadership development training, membership in the alumni to maintain and create connections, and one-on-one mentoring to equip them with the necessary tools become future global leaders, decision makers, and influencers,” said Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India.

Students who are selected as Cargill Global Scholars will receive scholarship funds of up to US$2,500 per year for up to two years and will be invited to take part in a series of leadership and enrichment activities designed to enhance their critical thinking skills and equip them with the tools necessary for becoming leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields. Students also gain valuable opportunities to observe and learn from business and community leaders in their own countries.

“I am delighted to receive Cargill’s Global Scholarship which will help me in understanding my potential to not only outshine in my professional career but also counter everyday challenges of life. I am excited to meet my mentor who will help me in gaining the valuable insights to maximize my strengths and understand my own core values.  I am also looking forward to attending various leadership development workshops which will help me in furthering my leadership and team building skills.” Porvika Balasubramanian, 2017 Cargill Global Scholar.

Finally, as the Global Scholars complete their leadership and enrichment activities under this program and graduate from their universities, they will join the international alumni network of Cargill Global Scholars, where enrichment and networking opportunities will continue.

Jonah Kokodyniak from the Institute of International Education (IIE) says, “ We are proud to be  partnering with Cargill on this scholarship program, through which we are able to provide skills and unique opportunities to undergraduate students and help create pathways right after their college. Self-awareness, critical thinking skills, networking opportunities with other scholars across the globe, truly helps them to be future leaders.”

Cargill has committed $6 million to fund the five-year program. To date, there are more than 200 Cargill Global Scholars Program alumni working all over the world. For more information, visit

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