Henkel, the company behind laundry detergent brand Persil, among other famous global marques, has announced new scholarship and internship programs in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico aimed to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across Henkel businesses.
As an important part of Henkel’s broader commitment to accelerating DEI, these programs will help build leadership, education, and career opportunities that strongly support future growth in underrepresented communities and diverse representation of Henkel employees, as well as the company’s early talent pipeline for diverse talent.
With an initial investment of more than $600,000, the initiative will be granted and rolled out over the next year. This investment will include $445,000 to help establish the Henkel Diversity Scholarship and collectively contribute scholarships and internship opportunities for incoming students across communities. The new scholarship program, which will be made available online through Scholarship America, offers renewable four-year scholarships for students from underrepresented populations across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico in need of financial assistance.
“Henkel believes that increased access to quality education and job opportunities is a critical lever to help close the equity gap in society and business. These new Henkel scholarship and internship programs will reach students from under-represented populations in North America and help strengthen the future workforce,” said Steven Essick, president of North America and regional head of finance at Henkel.
This new initiative will also include enriching internship opportunities with INROADS and CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals. These partnerships will offer mentoring and training opportunities across a broad range of areas at Henkel, including Engineering and Business Analytics, Research and Development, Product Development, Talent Acquisition, Marketing, Sales, Logistics, and e-Commerce, to students from diverse backgrounds to help prepare students for corporate and community roles. Later this year, Henkel plans to announce additional programs with other educational partners.
The Henkel Diversity Scholarship program is currently accepting applications until 18 March. For more information about this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org