If you’re a regular reader of the Monsanto blog, you probably know we have some Scottish interns running around here this summer, learning about working within a large organization, and contributing to our business in many ways. This is the third year we are hosting Saltire Foundation scholars from Scotland, and I am personally excited about this connection we have here in St. Louis with the land of my birth.
The Saltire Foundation, which is a Scottish charity founded five years ago and is backed by the organisation GlobalScots, targets Scotland’s most talented college students, most of whom would not normally have access to such opportunities, and provides them with paid internships in such stellar international businesses as Monsanto, Gallus Biopharmaceuticals, GE, Diageo, IBM and Liberty Mutual based in the United States, China, Africa and throughout the European Union, as well as in the UK.
And this year, St. Louis is actually hosting four scholars from the Saltire Foundation. Our two, Fraser Porteous from the University of Strathclyde and Linda Newman from Edinburgh University, and two others, Caroline Ho and Rebecca Irvine, at Gallus Biopharmaceuticals.
I am once again incredibly impressed with the calibre of the students. They continue to exceed every single expectation I have. They represent Scotland, the Saltire Foundation and the British education system rather well, and they are not only learning all about farming and business, but they are also actively contributing to our work here.
And it has been great seeing them experience the Corn Indy 250 or an American farm or a small town diner in the middle of Illinois farm country. And also hearing all about their various experiences in St. Louis, whether at the St. Louis Cardinal ballgame, the Muny, the Scottish Arms, Fitz’s Root Beer, or at the many other places they have visited so far.
“The Saltire Foundation has given me an incredible and unique opportunity,” Linda said. “It has given me the opportunity to see a new country and be immersed in a new culture. It has also given me the opportunity to intern for one of the world’s leading companies where I am gaining experience that will influence the rest of my life.”
“The Saltire Foundation has inspired and motivated me to succeed, through exposure to one of the world’s leading organizations- Monsanto,” Fraser said. “Being selected as a Saltire Scholar has been an invaluable experience that has certainly changed my outlook on life. The experience that I have gained during my summer placement will remain with me for the rest of my life, and will no doubt impact my future career choices in the years to come.”
Fraser is also an accomplished bagpipe player, and as such, he was invited to play on the local FOX news station. You can follow both Monsanto Saltire Scholars as they blog about their experiences on the Monsanto blog at www.monsantoblog.com and on the Saltire Foundation website at http://bit.ly/aJnkO6. You can also see all the Saltire Foundation blogs on the Monsanto blog from 2011 and 2012 at http://bit.ly/LRULsU.
“The Saltire Foundation’s innovative approach to creating a vibrant and dynamic Scottish economy centres on unlocking the country’s human potential,” Sandy Kennedy, CEO of the Saltire Foundation, said. “These high-calibre placements challenge Scotland’s top students to develop their own skills while working on projects of real significance to their host companies.”
I strongly encourage every company to host a Saltire Scholar.