Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

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The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities.
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Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

Department of Agriculture

Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Estimated Funding: $1,250,000

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Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program

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Eligibility Requirements Applicants for the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA.

Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award.

For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

Only the following are eligible to apply: Land-Grant Institutions, Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments, other colleges and universities, and Institutes or research foundations maintained by an eligible college or university.

Institutions that have not previously applied are especially encouraged to do so.

Applicants must be institutions that confer a bachelor’s or D.V.M.

degree in at least one of the disciplines in the food and agricultural sciences.

Awards are made to eligible colleges and universities.

Individuals are not eligible to apply for these grants.

Project Directors who have received MSP awards in the last five years may also apply.

However, the respective proposal must differ substantively in scope and objectives from previously funded MSP projects in the last five years by the same Project Director.

Due to statutory restrictions, extensions beyond the five-year period are not allowed.

Any eligible institution may, however, apply for a new award with a different scope of work in any fiscal year(s) in which appropriated funds are available for this program.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Student Eligibility as Scholars Awards to Scholars are made by eligible institutions (grantees) receiving funds under this program.

Scholars must: 1.

Be citizens, national, or permanent residents of the United States as determined in accordance with Federal law; 2.

Have been accepted for enrollment, or be enrolled, at an institution that was awarded a project grant under this program, or at a two-year institution which has entered into an articulation agreement, bridging agreement, or other type of collaborative arrangement with a baccalaureate-level institution that has been awarded a project grant under this program; 3.

Be enrolled as a full-time student, as defined by the institution, in a program of study in the food and agricultural sciences leading to an undergraduate degree or D.V.M.

during each semester or quarter that he/she receives MSP support.

However, the requirements for formal registration during part of this tenure may be waived if permitted by the policy of the grantee, provided that the MSP Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward degree completion and remains engaged in appropriate full-time scholarship activities such as study abroad experiences or internships; 4.

Maintain good academic standing and satisfactory degree progress as determined by their institution; 5.

Not have been enrolled previously in an academic program in the food and agricultural sciences at the same degree level; and 6.

Have a strong interest, as judged by the institution, in pursuing a career as a food or agricultural scientist or professional.

Within the framework of these guidelines, all decisions with respect to the appointment of MSP Scholars will be made by grantees.

Scholars must be identified, and scholarships must be awarded within twelve (12) months of the effective start date of a grant.

Grantee must notify and obtain approval from the NIFA Program Office if scholarship funds cannot be allocated within this twelve-month period.


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