Blanco General Feed Store, a Cargill dealer, is proud to announce four $1,000.00 college scholarships have been awarded to Keaton Dodd, Brian Roche, Corey Dowlearn, and Kaleigh Anderson of Blanco, all 2010 graduates of Blanco High School. As part of the Cargill Community Scholarship Program, the high school will receive $200 from Cargill in Dodd, Roche, Dowlearn, and Anderson’s honor to support the school’s library.
“We are pleased to recognize Keaton, Brian, Corey, and Kaleigh with these awards and Blanco High School as well,” said Sandra Gustafson, manager of Blanco General, Cargill’s business unit in Blanco. “Cargill supports education programs in our communities because today’s young people are tomorrow’s community leaders. We believe corporate responsibility extends not only to our own operations but to our wider communities.”
Each year, 350 students living in communities where Cargill operates receive an award through the Cargill Community Scholarship Program. Students are selected based on academic achievement and leadership in school and community activities. This year more than 1,900 students applied for this program. Blanco General is excited, as four of these awards are in Blanco. As Cargill states, it is very unusual for a community to receive this many awards in one year from Cargill. The National FFA administers this program on behalf of Cargill, though recipients do not need to be FFA members.
Along with the Cargill Community Scholarship Program, Cargill also provides 50 additional scholarships for children of U.S. employees. All the programs contribute to Cargill’s approach to corporate responsibility, which is a company-wide commitment to apply its global knowledge and experience to help meet complex economic, environmental, and social challenges wherever it does business.