The Cargill Tribal College Scholarship Program provides much-needed scholarship support to Native students attending the nation’s tribal colleges and universities, with particular emphasis on tribal college students who attend institutions where Cargill has a strong business presence.
Cargill also sponsors the “Backpacks to Briefcases” program, which provides an opportunity each year for selected scholars to visit Cargill’s headquarters and participate in career development workshops and meet company leaders.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit http://www.cargill.com/corporate-responsibility/.
Holly is an honor’s student who earned associate’s degrees in business management and data processing and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in business management. She believes in working hard to get ahead. She shares that this is a value that was passed down to her from her mother, who worked long and hard hours to provide for her family as a single parent. Holly remembers her mother hitchhiking to work on cold winter days to get to her housekeeping/waitress job in the main town of the reservation (Mission, SD). Her mother said that she worked so hard to show her children that they do not need to depend on food stamps or welfare to make it in this world. Because she wanted more for her children than she had as a child, Holly says she inspired her and instilled in her many fine virtues (generosity, fortitude, wisdom, courage, respect and humility). “She also taught me that hard work will take you a long way and also to be the best wife and mother possible,” Holly says.
Holly and her husband, an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, live with their four children in a very small community named Okreek on the Rosebud Reservation. She says, “All of my ancestors have lived in this small community before me. So there is a lot of history in this small community. Most of the history is of happiness and love, but there is also great hardship and poverty here. There is a tremendous need for employment, but without an economy that supplies people with work there are no jobs for the people. This is one of many reasons that I have changed my college major. I once dreamed of becoming a dentist and work at the local Indian Health Service here on the reservation. Now I am now seeking my bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in accounting. I feel that I am better able to help the Lakota people by providing them with an opportunity to help themselves by seeking employment to take care of themselves and their families. I will work with the tribe and the state to seek business opportunities from off the reservation and ask them to set up a business on the reservation. Strategically, keeps the money on the reservation, to stimulate the local economy, thus providing more employment and a better way of life.”
Holly says she knows it will take her a long time to achieve her goal, but she is willing to do as much as she can to help the next seven generations.
Holly I know that this venture may take me a life time to achieve but I am willing to do anything possible for a brighter future for the next seven generations.
“Cargill has helped me achieve my goals and aspirations. My family and I thank you and also I am very proud to be the person that I have grown to be through education. Woplia tonka,” she says.