Chobani expands its scholarship program


TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Chobani has been able to offer scholarships to students interested in careers in the dairy sector since 2018, but they are now expanding their scholarship program to focus more on diversity and inclusion.

Since 2018, Chobani has been able to provide a large scholarship for 4 students to attend the University of Idaho per year.

Students had to be interested in a career in the dairy sector.

This week however, Chobani announced that they will now be offering this scholarship to an additional 4 students per year, and with this they will be able to support students interested in other aspects of agriculture, such as food science or food entrepreneurship.

They pledged $1 million to this program over the next 5 years. This equates to 20 scholarships to the U of I and Cornell – plus $20,000 per year to each university for diversity, equity and inclusion education.

Chobani says they are thrilled to be able to offer this to students across Idaho.

“The focus is on students from underrepresented communities, so at first it was narrow, just students from a dairy background, now we are opening the door again more widely to students from many different communities , who want to pursue many different fields in agriculture and food,” said Mark Broadhurst, vice president of corporate affairs.

The University of Idaho claims it is a competitive scholarship, and currently 16 students have been awarded the Chobani Scholarship since 2018.

The University often says that these students could not go to university without this scholarship.

“These students are very confident, they’re proud of what they’re doing I think, and they’re trying to help their families, contribute to agriculture, and they recognize that this Chobani scholarship has literally changed their lives, it’s is very powerful and inspiring as well,” said Michael Parrella, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho.

Application is now open for the scholarship.

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A full statement from Chobani can be found below:

“NEW BERLIN, New York, January 19, 2022 Today, Chobani announced the expansion of its scholarship program, adding a pledge of $1 million and emphasizing support for historically underserved students who wish to pursue a wide range of agricultural interests. The program has helped dozens of university students pursue their ambitions in the dairy industry. This mission now includes creating a more equitable future in agriculture.

Through its partnerships with University of Idaho and Cornell University, the Chobani Scholars Program will provide eight scholarships of $20,000 ($5,000 each year) over five years to historically underserved students interested in studying agriculture, dairy, food science and/or food entrepreneurship. Chobani will also provide $20,000 in annual funding to each of the universities over the same period to support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training and education. Chobani Scholars will have the opportunity to intern at Chobani during their academic career. In previous years, the program was limited to students from a dairy background who were pursuing a career in the dairy sector.

“Today’s announcement builds on our mission to help provide opportunities for students in underserved communities who want to work on a farm or in agribusiness, food science and those who want start a food business,” said Peter McGuinness, president and director of Chobani. Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to support dozens of current students in our home states of Idaho and New York, and are excited to expand the Chobani Scholars program.”

The Chobani Scholars Program was established at the University of Idaho and Cornell University in 2018. The grants have helped more than two dozen students attending the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Idaho and Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). ). With today’s announcement, Chobani’s scholarship commitment will total over $1.4 million by 2027.

“The Chobani Scholars program provides an incredible opportunity for Idaho students who otherwise could not attend college,” said Michael Parrella, dean of the University of Washington’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Idaho. “We are grateful for our strong partnership with Chobani and their passion for creating a pathway for Idahoans from underrepresented communities who want to pursue a career in agriculture.”

“Since its inception, the Chobani Scholars Program has provided substantial support to New York City farm family students, helping them access a world-class education and real-world experiences in dairy science and management,” said Benjamin Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch. Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. “With this latest investment, Cornell CALS is excited to strengthen its efforts to attract students from underrepresented backgrounds to careers in food and agriculture, which is a critical need for our state. We are grateful to Chobani for his continued generosity and for strengthening our programs for training the next generation of leaders in agriculture, dairy, food science and food entrepreneurship.

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