Agricultural economics student selected as a 2019 Cargill Global Scholar
Austin Schorfheide
October 29, 2019

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences student Austin Schorfheide, a sophomore majoring in agricultural economics with a concentration in public policy and law, has been selected as a 2019 Cargill Global Scholar. He is one of three University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students to be selected for the program this year.

The prestigious Cargill Global Scholars Program, a distinctive international scholarship program that began in 2013, offers a scholarship award of $2,500 per year for up to two years.

Schorfheide joined nine other scholars selected for the program’s seventh cohort in the U.S. for a three-day leadership development seminar held during the summer at Cargill Global Headquarters in Minneapolis. During the seminar, the scholars received training in a variety of business and leadership skills, toured Cargill’s Food Innovation Center, volunteered with a nonprofit organization supporting families impacted by homelessness, and met the Cargill business leaders who will serve as their mentors for the next year.

In the summer of 2020, Schorfheide and his fellow U.S. cohort members will participate in a five-day global leadership seminar with scholars selected for the program from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia to further build on their leadership development skills and broaden their global mindsets.

Students selected as Global Scholars are those who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management.

Including Schorfheide, seven Illinois students have been selected as Cargill Global Scholars since the program’s inception.

For more information about the Cargill Global Scholars Program, please visit The next application cycle for the program will launch later this fall.