Four Idaho students will attend the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences thanks to scholarship support from Chobani.
They will pursue careers as the next generation of Idaho dairy professionals, according to a press release from the university.
The Chobani Scholars program was established at U of I in 2018 and funds four $20,000 scholarships annually. The scholarships are for Idaho students with family connections to dairy farming and who intend to pursue a career in the dairy industry.
Chobani has also committed to fund annual scholarships at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in New York.
“We’re excited to welcome the inaugural class of Chobani Scholars into our family,” Mark Broadhurst, senior director of public affairs at Chobani, said in the press release.
“Supporting the next generation of dairy farms is important to us, which is why we are investing in the future of farmers through this unique program,” he said.
The first class of Chobani Scholars at the U of I are:
• Raquel Dimond of Jerome, who plans to study animal and veterinary science.
• Alejandro Jimenez of Wilder, who plans to study agricultural science, communication and leadership.
• Kaitlin Mirkin of Jerome, who plans to study animal and veterinary science.
• Avelardo Vargas of Rupert, who plans to study agricultural systems management and agribusiness.
In addition to the scholarship, the students will have an opportunity to intern with Chobani during their college careers.