Ben & # 39; s Original from Mars Food (formerly known as Uncle Ben & # 39; s) has launched a new scholarship fund to offer people from underserved communities the opportunity to work in the food industry. The Seat at the Table Fund scholarship provides educational and mentoring opportunities for the underserved. This fund is run in collaboration with the National Urban League and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
“The US-based scholarship is our first program for many more that we want to establish in countries around the world. It is one of the first steps we are taking to realize the new purpose of our brand and create opportunities that can seat everyone on the table, ”said Fiona Dawson, global president, Mars Food, in a statement. "The The support of the National Urban League has been invaluable in developing this scholarship. We appreciate the opportunities to create more equitable opportunities for people that will positively impact the future of the entire food industry around the world. "
The first phase of Ben & # 39; s Original's seat at the Table Fund begins in the United States, where the brand has partnered with the National Urban League to create a scholarship for black students interested in careers in the food industry. The scholarship covers all educational-related costs for students incurred in completing a certificate in food science or culinary arts, an associate's degree, or bachelor's degree.
"Empowering people to create a more inclusive future is a fundamental element of the National Urban League's mission," said Marc Morial, President and CEO of National Urban League. "We are proud to work with Ben & # 39; s Original to create these opportunities for those who truly deserve it and to help beneficiaries build successful careers in the food industry through the Seat at the Table Fund."
Ben's Original & # 39; s Seat at the Table Fund Scholarship is open to high school seniors, high school graduates already enrolled in accredited associate and / or undergraduate programs, and adults who are transitioning careers in culinary Aspire to the field or want to develop their culinary careers. Ben's original has assigned $ 2 million in the next five years on the US version of the scholarship.
"The Ben & # 39; s Original branded Seat at the Table Fund is a great example of how big brands and successful advocacy organizations like the National Urban League can provide equitable access to education for minorities to have rich intellectual lives and competitive and competitive preparing fulfilling careers, "said Dr. . Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF, the largest education organization for minorities in the United States
In early 2021, interested parties can register at UNCF.org/SeatAtTheTable.