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Two students from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Brianna Green ‘23 and Carson Miller ‘23, have been selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholars.

Green is majoring in Animal Science, and Miller is majoring in International Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a distinctive international scholarship initiative that began in 2013, and it offers a scholarship of $2,500 per year for up to two years. Selected students demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential, and they major in fields relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management.

In addition to receiving scholarships, Green and Miller will join eight others for an upcoming leadership development seminar facilitated by Cargill, where they will receive training in a variety of business and leadership skills. Each scholar is also paired with a Cargill business leader who will serve as their personal mentor for the next 12 months.

“I am super excited to be given this opportunity by Cargill,” Green said. “Working with Cargill executives, professionals and peers from all over the world, I can only imagine how much I will learn — important issues regarding agricultural productivity, society, technology and science require an approach that is multi-faceted to fully encompass what is needed to truly nourish the world.”

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Brianna Green '23 is majoring in Animal Science. Photo provided.

Green noted that this perspective parallels what she’s already learned at CALS.

“Animal Science has made me even more aware about the concept of One Health, or how humans, animals and the environment are all inevitably linked,” she said. “My classes, labs and research offer a precious opportunity to see in real time how different nutrition, medications, social patterns, and a million other factors, shape life.”

In the summer of 2021, Green and Miller will reunite with the other members from their U.S. cohort and participate in a 5-day global leadership seminar with Cargill Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia.

In the future, Miller said she hopes to work on agricultural sustainability initiatives in rural communities in emerging market countries.

“I spent a good deal of my childhood daydreaming about escaping my rural Iowa hometown. It wasn't until I studied abroad and went to boarding school that I realized the importance of bringing rural perspectives to the global stage,” Miller said. “I want to use my platform as a Cornell student and a future professional to create opportunities for rural students to engage in agriculture, higher education, and international relations.”

Including Green and Miller, eight Cornell students have been selected as Cargill Global Scholars finalists since the program’s inception.

Learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program. The next U.S. application cycle will begin in fall 2020.

This press release was provided by Cargill Global Scholars Program team. Hillary Creedon, communications specialist for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, contributed additional reporting.

Header image: Carson Miller '23 (center row, far left) and Brianna Green '23 (center row, third from left) participate in a virtual meeting with the other members of the Cargill Global Scholars Program 2020 cohort. Photo provided.

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