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July 8, 2011 > Irvington High student wins Cargill Scholarship

Irvington High student wins Cargill Scholarship

By Jill Singleton
Photos By Courtesy of Jill Singleton

Cargill has awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to 2011 Irvington High School graduate Rajeswari Ramanathan of Fremont and donated $200 in her honor to support the school library - all part of Cargill's nationwide Community Scholarship Program.

"We are pleased to recognize Ms Ramanathan with this award and Irvington High School for its dedicated work as well," said Pat Mapelli, Real Property Manager for Cargill in Newark. "Cargill supports education programs in our communities because today's young people are tomorrow's leaders."

Ramanthan was one of 350 scholarship recipients among nearly 2,000 applicants from communities where Cargill has business operations. Students were selected based on academic achievement and leadership in school and community activities. The National FFA (Future Farmers of America) administers this program on behalf of Cargill, though recipients do not need to be FFA members.

"It's definitely going to help me toward my college education," said Ramanathan, who plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall and study integrated biology. "Both my sister and I are going to college ... and every penny counts."

Along with the Cargill Community Scholarship Program, the company also provides 50 scholarships for children of U.S. employees. Locally, Cargill's Salt operation also awarded 13 Newark Memorial High graduates a total of $22,000 in college scholarships. These programs are part of Cargill's corporate responsibility approach and a company-wide commitment to apply global knowledge and experience to help meet complex economic, environmental and social challenges wherever Cargill does business. For more information, visit

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