Chobani and University of Idaho Announce Third Class of Chobani Scholars
August 30, 2021
Chobani Scholars program funds four $20,000 scholarships annually to support next generation of dairy farming in Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho, Aug. 30, 2021 — The University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has selected four students as its next class of Chobani Scholars. These high school graduates receive $20,000 each from Chobani to support their four-year degree. This is the third year in a row that Chobani has funded these grants.
All four of this year’s students are from the Magic Valley and are majoring in Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences at CALS and will pursue a variety of careers as the next generation of Idaho dairy professionals. Their career ambitions include helping to improve the public’s understanding of the dairy industry’s sustainable and animal well-being practices.
Foodmaker Chobani, with a manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, is known for using food as a force for good in the world and putting humanity first in everything they do.
“The future of dairy matters to us and one of the best ways to help Idaho farmers is to equip tomorrow’s dairy leaders with the tools they need to thrive,” said Peter McGuinness, president and COO of Chobani. “The Chobani Scholars program is one way that Chobani is investing in the future of dairy in our home states.”
“We are excited to welcome the next group of four outstanding young people to the Chobani Scholars program and to the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,” said Michael Parrella, CALS dean.
The Chobani Scholars program was established at U of I in 2018. The scholarships are for Idaho students with family connections to dairy farming and who intend to pursue a career in the dairy farming industry. In addition to the scholarship, the Chobani Scholars will also have an opportunity to intern with Chobani during their college careers.
2021 Chobani Scholars
- Reina Elkin graduated from Buhl High School and plans to major in pre-veterinary science. “I want a career in the ag industry because I’m fascinated by the opportunities that are available for women especially. I plan to use my degree to develop my knowledge in pursuing a career as a veterinarian.”
- Juan Jaquez graduated from Minico High School in Rupert and plans to major in pre-veterinary science. “I know that dairy farms have a huge place in the economy of Idaho. This is why I want to become a veterinarian because I will help farmers have healthy cows to grow Idaho’s economy.”
- Ariana Olmos graduated from Minico High School in Rupert and plans to major in pre-veterinary science. “I would like a career in dairy farming because it’s part of a huge industry in southern Idaho and I would like to come back and help communities here. These opportunities will lead me to have real world experiences.”
- Avrie Ottley graduated from Burley High School and plans to major in dairy science. “Obtaining a degree will give me more opportunities for a higher-paying job, better positions and a stronger understanding of the agricultural workforce.”
Chobani is a food maker with a mission of making high-quality and nutritious food accessible to more people, while elevating our communities and making the world a healthier place. In short: making good food for all. In support of this mission, we are a values-driven, people-first, food-and-wellness-focused company, and have been since Hamdi Ulukaya, an immigrant to the U.S., founded the company in 2005. We produce yogurt, oatmilk, dairy- and plant-based creamers, ready-to-drink coffee and plant-based probiotic drinks. Chobani is America's No.1 yogurt brand and we are proud to offer products made with only natural ingredients, without artificial preservatives.
Chobani uses food as a force for good in the world – putting humanity first in everything we do. Our philanthropic efforts prioritize giving back to our communities and beyond: working to eradicate child hunger, supporting immigrants, refugees and underrepresented people, honoring veterans, and protecting the planet. We manufacture our products in New York, Idaho, and Australia. Chobani products are available throughout North America and distributed in Australia and other select markets. For more information, please visit chobani.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu