Tyson Fresh Meats in Storm Lake, Iowa has awarded seven students each with a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. Tyson Storm Lake's scholarship program is awarded annually to local high-school seniors who are children or step-children of a Tyson team member, and are in the top 50th percentile of their graduating class.
This year's winners, and the college/university they plan to attend, are:
* Christa Moritz, Storm Lake High School, daughter of Steve Moritz, plans to attend Drake University.
* Jay Severson, Storm Lake High School, son of Jan Severson, plans to attend Metropolitan Community College/UNO.
* Kayla Rasmus, Galva-Holstein, daughter of Kurt Rasmus, plans to attend Kirkwood Community College.
* Katherine Hansen, Schaller-Crestland, daughter of Charlie Hansen, plans to attend Briar Cliff University.
* Ashley Graybill, Sac City, daughter of Joel Graybill, plans to attend University of Iowa.
* Greg Garrells, Emmetsburg, son of Brian Garrells, accepted at four colleges.
* Jaun Carlos Murillo, Alta, son of Maria Valenzuela and Jose Murillo, accepted at three colleges.
* Meghan Sager, Ada High School, Ada, Okla., daughter of Will Sager, plans to attend Buena Vista University.
The winners are selected based on financial need, the possibility of successfully completing their college studies, participation in extracurricular activities, and recommendations made by their teachers, principals, and/or counselors.
"We are proud to be able to help these students continue their education," said Mrylon Kizer, manager of the Tyson Storm Lake plant. "It is important for our children to grow and succeed in life, and this scholarship program is just one way we can give back to our community."
The Tyson Storm Lake facility also participates in "Dollars for Scholars", which is a nationwide scholarship program where money is awarded through scholarships to graduating seniors. The Storm Lake Chapter awards more than $30,000 a year to local students through this program. Six of the eight Tyson scholarship winners were channeled through the "Dollars for Scholars" program.
"The Tyson scholarship program and 'Dollars for Scholars' have been such an added benefit for our team members and their children and step-children, as well as for the community," Kizer said. "In addition, some of the institutes of higher education will even match funds awarded through the 'Dollars for Scholars' program."
Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE:TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of brand name protein-based and prepared food products marketed in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world. Tyson Foods is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company has approximately 110,000 team members and 300 facilities and offices in 27 states and 22 countries.