Giant Food Company Goya Dishes Out $20,000 Scholarships

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As we find ourselves in a country politically divided, there is one thing that often unites Americans. That is, charitable giving. Whether it’s for hurricane-disaster relief or donating coats and blankets to the homeless, the American people including businesses know how to give back in a time of need. There are thousands of businesses and charitable organizations that are always willing to lend a helping hand, and studies show that businesses that incorporate a charitable arm leave long-lasting impressions on their consumers.

One giant food company, Goya, based in Jersey City and is no stranger to giving back, is swooping in during a time when students all over the country are in need of financial help to cover the overwhelming costs of college with a huge offer of $20,000 scholarships to four lucky high-school seniors entering college next year to study in the fields of culinary arts or food sciences.  Whether you want to be a chef, nutritionist, food writer or wine connoisseur, this is your dream opportunity to receive an annual scholarship of $5,000, totaling $20,000, during your fours of college.

“We have always believed in the importance of education and we are proud to offer students and their families financial support that will help cover some of the costs of college expenses,” said Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods.

The Goya Culinary Arts and Food Sciences Scholarship is part of the Goya Scholarship Fund, which also provides an additional four $20,000 scholarships each year to the sons and daughters of Goya employees worldwide.

Drazy Medina, previous winner of Goya Scholarship. Image by Goya Foods.

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“Thanks to the Goya scholarship I was able to attend the school of my dreams and not have to worry if I was going to be able to pay for the next semester,” said Drazy Medina, a past Goya scholarship winner and now a Registered Nurse in a neurosurgical unit who attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and a B.S. in Nursing.  “My father has been working for Goya since I was a little girl and truly believe that Goya is not just my father’s employer, but an organization that also cares about the well being of its employee’s families and children, and for that, I am so grateful.”

While excellent grades (3.00 +) are certainly a must for the application process, you also have to show that you do good for the community through 10 hours per month of volunteer work, demonstrate leadership skills, and show whether you and your family have a financial need. Plus, the applicant is required to write an essay explaining how Goya has enriched their family traditions.

Kevin Mora, previous winner of Goya Scholarship. Image by Goya Foods.

Kevin Mora, a past Goya Scholarship winner, and son of Hector Mora, an employee of Goya Florida said, “With the help of the Goya scholarship I was able to fully focus on my studies at the University of Florida until I graduated in 2017.  Currently, I’m on my 2nd year of the four-year doctoral program, and I am extremely appreciative of the financial burden that Goya alleviated in undergrad. After I graduate in 2021 I plan to go back to Miami and work in a small animal private practice near the neighborhood I grew up in.”

Applications are due no later than February 15, 2019. So, what are you waiting for?

Chop, chop!

For more information and to apply, visit and be sure to follow Goya on Facebook and Instagram @goyafoods

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