You're a Professional In the Making

You thrive through innovation. 

You thrive while changing the world.

Become a Cargill thrive Scholar.

The Cargill thrive is a program designed to promote professional and personal development for underrepresented students in specific ASTEM majors (see the detailed list below). Housed in the Office of Multicultural Student affairs with partnerships in Global Resource Systems, Science Bound, and the Program for Women in Science and Engineering, the Impact Coordinator will prepare students to practice leadership skills necessary to work confidently, cross-culturally, and thrive in an era of completed and continual change. Scholars will participate in monthly sessions, work with a mentor throughout the year, and have multiple opportunities to network with Cargill employees and executives. Cargill thrive award recipients will receive a $3,000 scholarship for the awarded academic year.

  • Have an 2.5 or higher cumulative ISU GPA
  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be an incoming first-year student in GLOBE; OR
  • Be in your 2nd or 3rd year at Iowa State or be classified as a sophomore or junior in the 2024-2025 year
  • Have a major on the list of eligible majors

  • Accounting ( ACCT)
  • Agriculture Systems Technology ( AST)
  • Agricultural Business ( AG B)
  • Agricultural Economics ( ECONA)
  • Agricultural Education ( AGEDS)
  • Agricultural Engineering ( A E)
  • Agricultural Studies ( AG ST)
  • Agriculture And Society ( )
  • Agronomy ( AGRON)
  • Animal Science ( AN S)
  • Biochemistry ( BIOCH/BIOCA)
  • Biology (CALS) ( BIOLA)
  • Biosystems Engineering ( BSE/A B E)
  • Business Analytics ( BU AN)
  • Business Economics ( BUSEX)
  • Chemical Engineering ( CH E)
  • Chemistry ( CHEM)
  • Communication Studies ( COMST)
  • Dairy Science ( DS)
  • Economics ( ECON)
  • Electrical Engineering ( EE)
  • Environmental Engineering ( ENV E)
  • Environmental Science (CALS) ( ENSCA)
  • Finance ( FIN)
  • Food Science ( FS H/FS A)
  • Global Resource Systems ( GLOBE )
  • Industrial Engineering ( I E)
  • Management ( MGMT)
  • Management Information Systems ( MIS)
  • Marketing ( MKT)
  • Mechanical Engineering ( M E)
  • Microbiology ( MICRO)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)

  • Attend 3 thrive events
  • Attend 2 additional professional development activities (offered through clubs, other scholarship programs, etc.)
  • Meet 2 times with the thrive Impact Coordinator
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Show continued financial need via the FAFSA

  • Attend 4 thrive events 
  • Meet 2 times with the thrive Impact Coordinator
  • Meet 2 times with your Cargill mentor
  • Attend the Cargill Annual Diversity Leadership Summit in August following your year in the program
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Show continued financial need via the FAFSA

This was the first time I was ever asked what my true interests were and I felt so supported & heard.

2022-2023 Cargill thrive Scholar

We're here to help you thrive

Jordan Brooks

Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

CJ Carter

Cargill thrive Graduate Assistant