Smithfield, Virginia. Five universities are added to the more than a dozen other universities participating in the Smithfield Food Scholarship Program, which was launched 20 years ago. Newly eligible schools include: South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Hampton University, and Virginia State University.
The company provides up to $7,500 annually to eligible dependents of full-time workers and retirees in Smithfield to pay for tuition to attend participating colleges and universities. The scholarship program began in 2002 and applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are being accepted. According to Smithfield, the needs-based program has awarded $7.6 million with more than 1,200 scholarships since its inception. Recently added colleges and universities are part of the growing number of historically black colleges and universities participating in the program.
“We are excited to diversify our long-term scholarship program and welcome these new schools to our portfolio,” said Jonathan Toms, director of community development at Smithfield Foods. “Our scholarship program underscores the responsibility we feel to support more than 40,000 US-based team members and their families across America, and our efforts to expand the program reflect our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.”
More information about participating schools, eligibility and application to the program is available at: Scholarships (smithfieldfoods.com). Applicants for the 2022-2023 academic year must apply by May 15, 2022.