Hormel Foods Corp. announced Tuesday that it will pay the tuition of a two-year college for any of its employees’ children, reflecting a growing awareness among major U.S. corporations of the role they can play in addressing systemic racial and economic inequality.
The program is designed to be inclusive, without a GPA or test score threshold. The only academic requirement is that the student has to graduate high school and meet any standards outlined by the college.
Hormel said they didn’t want to just write a check to other organizations, but wanted to find ways to create meaningful change in the lives of its workers. Every graduating senior with a parent or caretaker who works at Hormel will be offered a free community college education.