Cargill Scholars 2019 group photo

Christopher Danner represents U of M as Cargill Global Scholar

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Christopher Danner, a Supply Chain and Operations and Food Systems major, was selected as a 2019 Cargill Global Scholar. He is one of four University of Minnesota students to be chosen as a scholar since the program began in 2013. The award honors students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential. 

The 2-year scholarship and enrichment program provides financial support, mentorship, and the opportunity for U.S. college students to travel to two leadership development seminars, including meeting fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Christopher shared some of his experiences with the program:

"The Cargill Global Scholars program developed my ability to collaborate with peers from around the globe through two week-long development sessions that focused on values-based leadership. Students are selected for this program from several countries, so our sessions together allow us to navigate cultural barriers and learn from each other in a focused setting. I was also connected with a mentor who has become an excellent resource as I take my first steps into an internship and full-time job. 

I would recommend this program to students who are interested in the food industry and share Cargill's mission of leveraging business processes to help the world thrive. This program is unique in that it targets first- and second-year students, allowing you to make connections with a large Minnesota-based firm that is not often available until recruitment begins."

Cargill Scholars 2019
Christopher Danner (bottom row, far left) was one of ten scholars chosen for the seventh cohort of the Cargill Global Scholars Program.

Eligible students:

  • Are in their freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate high academic performance and leadership potential

Upcoming Webinar Info Sessions offered by Cargill:

  • Thursday, January 9, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT (register)
  • Friday, January 17, 4:00-5:00 PM EDT (register)
  • Monday, January 27, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT (register)
  • Thursday, February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT (register)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT (register)


Applications are now open for the program. To learn more and access the application before the March 5, 2020, deadline, visit