CoBank Commits $500,000 to Oklahoma’s Langston University
Joint Effort Creates Education and Career Development Opportunities for Langston Students
DENVER (March 2, 2023) — CoBank and Langston University today announced a multi-year pilot program that will introduce Langston students to CoBank and the Farm Credit System and create connections for students pursuing career opportunities in banking and financial services.
CoBank has committed $500,000 to support the effort, which will launch later this year. Dubbed the “Langston University CoBank Scholars,” the joint initiative will create a multi-faceted approach to education and engagement. The program will include scholarships, coaching and mentoring, an onsite immersion experience at CoBank’s Colorado headquarters, and internship opportunities for Langston University students.
Founded in 1897, Langston University is one of approximately 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. Its main campus is located outside of Guthrie, Oklahoma with campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. With an enrollment of approximately 1,900 students, Langston offers degrees in agriculture and applied sciences, business, education, health care and other disciplines.
“CoBank is delighted to partner with Langston University in this exciting initiative,” said Tom Halverson, CoBank’s president and chief executive officer. “This significant investment, unanimously approved by our board of directors, supports the commitment of the Farm Credit System’s to the nation’s HBCUs and is a tangible demonstration of CoBank’s core value of diversity, equity and inclusion.”
“Like many employers, CoBank strives to hire the best and most qualified talent,” said Faye Tate, vice president of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at CoBank. “To achieve that goal, we need to reach the broadest possible pool of candidates, including those from diverse communities. We know that HBCUs are a tremendous source of talent, but many HBCU students simply are not aware of the vast range of rewarding career opportunities offered by CoBank and the Farm Credit System. Our hope is that our partnership with Langston University will help us to change that.”
“We are incredibly proud to partner with CoBank,” said Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr., president of Langston University. “The opportunities available to our students through this partnership will prepare them for a variety of career paths and enhance their overall development as young professionals. We are grateful to CoBank for their support of our students.”
“We are so excited about the opportunities our partnership with CoBank will bring to Langston University students,” said Theresa Powell, vice president for Operations at Langston. “As an agricultural and mechanical college situated in a rural setting, we share many values including a focus on transforming small communities and supporting the rural economy. We believe that we are poised to build an excellent program wherein CoBank will bring expertise directly to our students in Langston and beyond, leading our graduates to demonstrate those shared values of collaborative community development as professionals.”