In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Cargill, and Rumba Meats, its food brand focused on celebrating family and keeping Latino traditions alive, are partnering with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to award 25 scholarships of $1,000 for post-secondary education. Rumba Meats is also investing $25,000 in USHLI’s Student Leadership Series program, which serves more than 85,000 high school students in more than 25 states annually. The Student Leadership Series is designed to connect students with resources, tools and support to achieve higher education.
High school seniors across the U.S. are invited to apply for the Rumba Meats Scholarship between Sept. 15 and Nov. 30. Unique to the Rumba Meats scholarship application is an essay asking students to articulate how their heritage has influenced the direction of their lives, their leadership aspirations and how they plan to serve their communities in the future.
“Rumba Meats, USHLI and Hispanic Heritage Month all share a common priority: to celebrate Latino culture and preserve it for generations to come. That starts by investing in today’s youth so that they can become tomorrow’s leaders,” says Hilary Gerard, Cargill Protein – North America brand manager for Rumba Meats. “We are proud to partner with USHLI to invest in higher education for Latino youth and be a part of their bright future.”
Cargill recently joined 81 other companies in signing the We Are All Human Foundation “Hispanic Promise” supporting workplace diversity. The promise is a first-of-its-kind national pledge to hire, promote, retain and celebrate Hispanics in the workplace.
For almost 40 years, USHLI has advocated for the education and leadership development of Latinos and similarly underrepresented groups. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Juan Andrade Jr., USHLI has empowered millions of Latinos to pursue education, civic engagement and more. The organization’s cornerstone program is its Student Leadership Series—a program dedicated to empowering high school students to stay in school, graduate and pursue post-secondary education.
“Education is the single greatest tool to help today’s youth have a successful future,” says Andrade. “Investment in scholarships from organizations such as Rumba Meats allows students to achieve a higher education and build a future they may have otherwise thought impossible.”
Students can learn more about the Rumba Meats scholarship, including eligibility criteria and how to complete their application, by visiting the Rumba website.