– Scholarship co-developed with National Urban League and UNCF helps black students pursue careers in the food industry –
CHICAGO, April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Mars Food’s BEN’S ORIGINAL™ brand has opened the application page for the US SEAT AT THE TABLE™ Fund Scholarship. Developed in partnership with the National Urban League and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the scholarship supports black students pursuing a career in the food industry with the education and mentoring opportunities they deserve.
“We are extremely excited to offer the second-year scholarship as we continue to work toward our overarching goal of creating opportunities that offer everyone a seat at the table,” said Mars Food North America President, Denis Yarotsky. “This year we hope to award at least 20 students with scholarships to help them achieve their dream of working in the food industry.”
Last year, the brand awarded the inaugural SEAT AT THE TABLE™ Fund scholarships to eight recipients from six states, all enrolled in four-year university programs, including Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University, Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, Johnson & Wales, Howard University and North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. Her areas of study span the spectrum of the food ecosystem: food science, baking and confectionery, nutrition and wellness, culinary arts and animal sciences, and agriculture.
“Last year’s grantees are truly remarkable candidates and students,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “We encourage everyone who qualifies for the US fund SEAT AT THE TABLE™ scholarship as we, together with BEN’S ORIGINAL™, want to positively impact the journey to black employment in the food industry.”
The US SEAT AT THE TABLE™ Fund Scholarship is open to Black high school seniors, Black college students and Black adults interested in certification in the food industry. The renewable, need-based grant covers education-related expenses up to $25,000 per scholarship, per year, towards the completion of a food science or culinary arts certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Interested applicants can apply at https://scholarships.uncf.org/ToProgram/Seatatthetable bis May 262022.
“We’re excited to continue our important work with BEN’S ORIGINAL™ and the National Urban League,” he said Maurice E Jenkins, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of UNCF. “It is important that we continue to fill the funding and knowledge gap for black students interested in food-related careers. The commitments associated with the SEAT AT THE TABLE™ Fund Scholarship set an important precedent to impact student lives and improve the food industry everywhere The United States.”
This year is the second of five years 2 million dollars Committed to BEN’S ORIGINAL™ as part of its mission to create opportunities that give everyone a seat at the table.
Later this year, the SEAT AT THE TABLE™ Fund grant will expand Canada where the BEN’S ORIGINAL™ brand will offer $200,000 two-year funding to students who identify as Black, Indigenous or Colored to help them successfully complete their culinary education. The brand partners with four of the country’s top culinary programs – Vancouver Community College (B.C.), Humber College (ON), Centennial College (ON) and Institut de Tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (QC) – who will directly administer the awards. The application process will open this summer for the Sep 2022 Semester – details to be announced later this spring.
Learn more about Mars Food’s BEN’S ORIGINAL™ efforts to support education—including those in Greenville, MSwhere the brand has been produced for 43 years – please visit bensoriginal.com.
Mars Food is a fast-growing foodtime company that creates tastier, healthier, and easier meals that put the world on the table. Headquartered in North America Chicago, Illinois. and global headquarters in London, Mars Food US’s portfolio of leading brands includes BEN’S ORIGINAL™, SEEDS OF CHANGE™ and TASTY BITE™. Our goal – Better Food Today. A better world tomorrow. – drives our company to be a leader in health, well-being and sustainability. Mars Food is a segment of Mars, Incorporated. For more information about the BEN’S ORIGINAL brand and purpose initiatives, visit bensoriginal.com/ or mars.com/.
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