Local students receive scholarship from Tyson Foods facility in Pasco

Tyson Raising Pay To Keep Up As Us Chicken Demand Soars

FILE - In this July 30, 2001, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to Tyson Foods headquarters in Springdale, Ark. Tyson Foods says it is raising wages to combat absenteeism and worker turnover at its plants as U.S. demand for chicken soars. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company said Monday, May 10, 2021, that absentee rates are around 50% higher than they were before the pandemic.

PASCO, Wash — Six local students will each receive $1,000 dollar scholarships from Tyson Foods’ Pasco facility as part of their annual scholarship program, according to a news release.

Officials said the money will help with “college or university education-related expenses, such as tuition, books, academic fees and room and board.”

Awarded a scholarship include Diana Pham, Mu Mu Dun, Janeth Chavez, Yasmin Bolanos, Melannie Montes Parra and Tuna Altahir, the children of Tyson team members Dung Nguyen, Saw Dun, Leonel Chavez, Maria Fragoza, Rafael/Rocio Montes and Wahiba Tutu.

“It’s extremely rewarding to support our local neighborhoods and help students in our own backyard have greater access to the opportunities to continue their education,” said David Tobias, HR manager at Tyson Foods’ Pasco facility. “Tyson is proud of our ongoing contributions that help serve communities where our team members work, live and play.”

Tyson awards scholarships annually to children of current Tyson team members based on student performance, involvement in school and in the community, and financial need, the release said.