We believe equality in education can be a game-changer, and we have decided to take on that challenge. Through a new program called Inspired Pathways, we are going to make the dream of a college education a reality for the children of our team members. When you think about how a college education can change lives and start a ripple effect that will be felt for generations, that’s the change-maker Hormel Foods wants to be,Jim Snee
chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, Hormel Foods
What is Inspired Pathways?
Through the Inspired Pathways Scholarship, Hormel Foods will provide two-year community or technical college tuition to the dependent children of all benefits eligible U.S. team members, beginning with the class entering college in 2021-2022.
Inspired Pathways has two parts:
- The Hormel Inspired Pathways Scholarship offering children of Hormel employees two years of tuition-free community and technical college.
- A College Admission Guidance program created and led by former college admissions professionals.
Who can participate?
While the scholarship is for current high school seniors; the workshops, newsletters, presentations by current college and university admissions officers, application and financial aid support are open to all members of the Hormel community!
How can I find out more?
Our current workshop series is designed based on the timeline needed for current high school seniors. It covers the important foundational aspects of the college-going process. That said, even if you’re not a senior, we’re more than happy to have all interested community members join!
Additionally, you can reach out to our Advising Team, or schedule office hours with an advisor using the floating link on the right of the page.
How can I help?
We are creating community mentorship committees and organizing College Coaches to provide mentorship and resources to our students, including assistance with applications, internships and other career development opportunities. If you’re a team member interested in volunteering, please reach out by filling out the form below!
Hormel Inspired Pathways video overview (English)
Hormel Inspired Pathways video overview (Spanish)
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Hormel Foods Charitable Trust Scholarship Program
High school juniors can apply for the Hormel Foods Corporation Charitable Trust Scholarship Program, a highly competitive scholarship for students seeking to attend a 4-year college, for children of Hormel Foods Corporation employees. Apply by March 31, 2021 for enrollment in the Fall of 2023.
Students in Austin, Minnesota
Students attending Austin High School or Pacelli High School should first apply for the Austin Assurance Scholarship, which pays for tuition and fees at Riverland Community College.
Current Team Members attending High School
If you are a current Hormel Foods employee enrolled in high school, you may be eligible to apply for an Inspired Pathways grant, and you may also be eligible for the company’s tuition reimbursement program. Please see your HR representative to compare programs.