Cargill announces first class of Global Scholars

MINNEAPOLIS, July 23, 2013—How can today’s industry experts influence the development of tomorrow’s leaders? Cargill and its executives have signed up to mentor and support select undergraduate students around the world as part of the Cargill Global Scholars program. Fifty-six undergraduate college students were recently notified that their university experience will be transformed by becoming members of the first class of Cargill Global Scholars.

Through this new scholarship program, selected college students from Brazil, China, Russia, India and the United States will receive funds to help cover their educational expenses and will participate in leadership development and enrichment activities with Cargill leaders. These activities have been designed to enhance critical thinking skills and equip students with tools to help them become leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields.

“At Cargill, we work with higher education institutions to ensure that we have access to the best people, faculty and ideas relevant to our business’ future,” said Pat Bowe, corporate vice president of Cargill. “The Cargill Global Scholars program was developed to further improve this access by allowing us to support high potential college students who are likely to hold leadership positions in a variety of industries in their home countries.

Over the next five years, the Cargill Global Scholars program will identify approximately 200 talented and high-performing undergraduate students to join the global network. Currently in its first year, Cargill worked with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to target universities in each country to identify the Cargill Global Scholars candidates and scholarship recipients. Cargill committed approximately $6 million to fund the scholarships and administration of the program.

“Cargill executives have demonstrated a strong commitment to serve as mentors,” said Allan E. Goodman, president of IIE. “In working directly with leaders in business today, the students will develop relationships, learn about real-world experiences and gain insight into the qualities they will need in the future.

In their first year as Cargill Global Scholars, each student will participate in leadership training sessions. They will also be assigned a Cargill employee who will serve as a mentor over the next several years. These mentors, which include company executives, will help students identify and realize short- and long-term academic and professional goals.

In addition, the five top-performing students from each country who are in the second year of their program will be selected to take part in a week-long Global Leadership Program at Cargill’s global headquarters in Minnesota or at another Cargill-related facility. As part of their time in the Cargill Global Scholars program, the students will participate in individual and group leadership experiential learning opportunities led by non-governmental organizations that specialize in youth leadership development. The students will also have the opportunity to learn from and network with Cargill executives. Finally, as the Cargill Global Scholars complete their leadership and enrichment activities under this program and graduate from selected universities, they will join a global alumni network of participants, allowing enrichment and networking opportunities to continue.

A complete list of scholarship recipients for each of the selected countries is included below.

2013 Cargill Global Scholars


  1. Italo Cegatta – Universidade de Sao Paulo
  2. Laís Silva – Universidade Federal de Uberlndia
  3. Reginaldo Jose Gomes Neto – Universidade de Estadual de Campinas
  4. Juliana Hirono – Universidade de Sao Paulo
  5. Marcella Alves dos Santos – Universidade de Sao Paulo
  6. Felippe Caso – Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos
  7. Livington Francisco Silva – Universidade Federal de Goias
  8. Anna Paula Silva – Universidade de Sao Paulo in Piracicaba
  9. Renato Guimarães – Universidade de Sao Paulo in Sao Carlos
  10. Mariana  Beloni Vieira – Universidade de Sao Paulo


  1. Xuan Yang – University of International Business and Economics
  2. Yinan Wen – China Agricultural University
  3. Yi Sun – University of International Business and Economics
  4. Zhuxuezi Zhao – China Agricultural University
  5. Qi You – China Agricultural University
  6. Xinrui Yao – China Agricultural University
  7. Xiangyu Zeng – University of International Business and Economics
  8. Yunhong Wei – University of International Business and Economics
  9. Yeye Lu – China Agricultural University
  10. Jingnan  Zhang – China Agricultural University
  11. Pengwei Zhao – University of International Business and Economics
  12. Qipeng Zhang – China Agricultural University
  13. Xi Yang – University of International Business and Economics
  14. Qi Xiu – China Agricultural University
  15. Liu Liu – China Agricultural University
  16. Yiwen Sun – University of International Business and Economics


  1. Ayush  Kanodia – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai
  2. Sarang Nath – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)  Delhi
  3. Abhay Shankar – Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra
  4. Astha Agarwal – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai
  5. Deepali Kansal – Delhi Technological University (DTU)
  6. Jash Banker – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai
  7. Mohd Samrah – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai
  8. Anupama  Sharan – Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra
  9. Nishita Tanwar Delhi – Technological University (DTU)
  10. Kalki Kukreja – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)  Delhi 


  1. Viktoriya Elmanova – Volgograd State Agrarian University
  2. Anastasiya Goloborodko – Kuban State Agrarian University
  3. Tatiana Isaeva – Kuban State Agrarian University 
  4. Vladislav Izmailov – Voronezh State Agrarian University
  5. Yuliya Lebedeva – Volgograd State Agrarian University
  6. Nikita Shamray – Kuban State Agrarian University 
  7. Kseniya Shishkina – Tula State University
  8. Marina Shutilova – Kuban State Technology University
  9. Stepan Olenchuk – Voronezh State Agrarian University
  10. Vladislav Tkachuk – South Federal University

United States

  1. Gabrielle “Bria” Abeles – Allison University of Minnesota
  2. Morgan Bakies – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  3. Rebecca Clay – Iowa State University
  4. Maria Filsinger Interrante – Stanford University
  5. Hillary Kletscher – Iowa State University
  6. Katie Legenski – Pennsylvania State University
  7. Emma Likens – University of Nebraska Lincoln
  8. Ronnie Sullivan – Kansas State University
  9. Adam Wilkerson – Kansas State University
  10. Wenshi Zhang – University of Minnesota

About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit and its news center.

About Cargill Community Giving and Education

Cargill gives back to communities by contributing 2 percent of its global consolidated pre-tax earnings (based on a three-year trailing average). Cargill donated $69.9 million in 57 countries during its 2012 fiscal year. We provide 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. In fiscal 2012, Cargill donated more than $18 million to support education programs.

About the Institute of International Education

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 250 programs benefiting over 29,000 men and women from 175 nations.


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