Hershey Company supports Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarship scheme
The Hershey Company is set to invest $1.5 million in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to establish a scholarship scheme, which it intends to double over the next decade.
Its education initiative will be used for students pursuing degrees in food science in TMCF-member-schools, which include public colleges that provide advanced education for underrepresented populations.
The move is reportedly the first of its kind, with donations to TMCF previously going into the organisation’s general fund.
“Hershey has been proudly associated with TMCF for more than a decade, and I am delighted to see the evolution of our Hershey partnership grow,” said Alicia Petross, VP Talent Acquisition + Diversity & Inclusion. “Our aim is to make a meaningful difference for deserving under-represented students who aspire to a fulfilling career in food science.”
“We are extremely grateful to Hershey for their generous support and commitment to supporting our students, particularly during these difficult and challenging times,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President & CEO of TMCF. “This scholarship endowment will make it possible for students at our schools to pursue their passion of studying and earning a degree in food science. This is a welcomed investment in the future of our nation.”
The Hershey Company increased its support for communities of colour across the United States to help fight racial injustice after the death of George Floyd. This includes a $100,000 donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and elevating its focus on its diversity and inclusion priorities. “Hershey took action in this critical time of increased focus on racial and social justice to review our programs and partnerships to ensure we are doing what we can to make an impact,” said Chris Scalia, SVP & CHRO and TMCF Board Member.
Applications for the Hershey Scholarship are open to any student studying food science at a TMCF-partner school. Students of any race are eligible to apply. The scholarships will be awarded to students who are dedicated to innovating within the food industry, which aligns with Hershey’s iconic brands’ pursuit of delighting our consumers.
Hershey is a long-time supporter of diversity and inclusion and providing educational opportunities for under-represented students. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine created a school for low-income children in Hershey, Pa., in 1907. The Hershey/TMCF scholarship builds on The Milton Hershey School legacy by focusing on the education of students who may otherwise not have these opportunities. As the company noted, the scheme offers further evidence of how it is proof of how it is demonstrating its values, including making a difference in its communities and the world.