Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

To increase the ethnic and cultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional work force, and to advance the educational achievement of minority Americans, by providing grants to colleges and universities that have a demonstrable capacity to attract, educate, and graduate minority

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students for careers as agriscience and agribusiness professionals, and have unique capabilities for achieving the objective of full representation of minority groups in the fields of agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, home economics, and disciplines closely allied to the food and agricultural system.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Leadership Experiences and Education in Agriculture and Diversity; Developing a Model System to Bridge a Gap in Agricultural Sciences; Providing Incentives and Quality Programs to Attract Talented Minorities to Agricultural Sciences.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
North Carolina State University $ 200,000   2020-05-302025-05-29
Benedictine University $ 210,000   2020-04-012025-03-31
University Of Maine System $ 180,000   2020-04-012025-03-31
North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University $ 160,000   2020-04-012025-03-31
University Of California, Santa Cruz $ 218,000   2019-05-152024-05-14
University Of Rhode Island $ 180,000   2019-04-152024-04-14
Kansas State University $ 198,446   2020-04-012024-03-31
Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation $ 162,000   2019-04-012024-03-31
Iowa State University Of Science And Technology $ 160,000   2019-03-152024-03-14
Regents Of The University Of Minnesota $ 200,000   2019-01-152024-01-14

Program Accomplishments

It is anticipated that this program will significantly advance the achievement of the objective of full representation of underrepresented groups in the food and agricultural sciences workforce of the United States. At one university the 2+2+2 Project was initiated with the goal to increase the number of Native Americans earning baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, biological sciences, and family and consumer sciences.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Competitive annual grants to selected U. S. institutions of higher education provide for a limited number of four-year undergraduate scholarships to support minority students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences.

Institutions also receive an annual cost-of-education allowance for each scholar supported by a grant.

The scholars are selected by the institutions and students must apply for the scholarships through procedures established by the individual institutions.

No scholarship grants are made directly to students and students cannot apply directly to USDA for scholarships.

Scholarship monies may be used for tuition, fees, room, board, and other educational expenses as announced in a Federal Register notice inviting applications for new awards.

The institutional cost-of-education allowance may be used by the selected institutions to defray program expenses including, but not limited to, travel and publications costs incurred for student recruitment, and salaries of project personnel.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals may be submitted by all U.S.

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