American Crystal Launches Community Roots Giving Program
American Crystal Sugar Company is deeply rooted in the Red River Valley. Over the years, American Crystal has supported many programs, projects and vital services that have contributed to the quality of life in the Red River Valley.
The Company is excited to deepening that commitment with an expanded and more structured program that enables it to contribute in new and even more impactful ways.
The Community Roots framework will help build stronger communities, invest in the education of young people in the Red River Valley, and support the future of our Company. Community Roots is a new name and structure for the many things American Crystal is already doing. At the same time, it includes some new and expanded initiatives.
Broadened Scholarship Program
American Crystal has grown its scholarship program from 49 to 108 to help prepare the next generation of researchers, scientists, farmers and agronomists. This includes 49 $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors attending four-year colleges and universities; one $10,000 Al Bloomquist Memorial Scholarship drawn from the pool of 4-year scholarship recipients; 49 $500 scholarships for seniors attending technical/vocational schools; and 10 $1,000 scholarships for children of employees.
STEM Grants Competition
American Crystal is also awarding a number of $5,000 STEM grants in science, technology, engineering and math to regional high schools. The Company believes these grants will promote creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration—skills that are essential in meeting the challenges of the future.
Factory Community Support & Grants
In addition to existing factory budgets that support local events and organizations, American Crystal is adding three $5,000 Community Support Grants to each factory. These grants will help organizations fund worthy projects to help them do the great work that they already do in the community.
Employee Community Service Gift
To support and encourage employees to take part in service and volunteer efforts, American Crystal will make a donation on behalf of the employee volunteer in the amount of $500 to qualifying organizations.
Along with the above-mentioned programs American Crystal is continuing with its United Way matching funds, Employee Matching Gifts program, and numerous product and in-kind donations.
Learn more about Community Roots.