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10.220 Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (Minority Scholars Program)
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended, Section 1417(b)(5); Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, Title XIV; Public Law 95-113; 91 Stat. 98; 7 U.S.C. 3152.
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 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.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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.
Applicant Eligibility: Proposals may be submitted by all U.S. colleges and universities with baccalaureate or higher degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, home economics, and disciplines closely allied to the food and agricultural system, including land-grant colleges and universities, colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences, and other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences.
Pre-application Coordination: All proposal solicitations are published in the Federal Register. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: For each scholarship supported under this program, a college or university receiving a grant must provide 25 percent of the scholarship funds from their own or other non- Federal sources.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Documentation of scholarship appointments must be submitted by project directors upon request of CSREES. An undergraduate scholar exit report must be submitted by project directors for each scholar supported by a grant as soon as the scholar graduates or is officially terminated from the program. Annual and final technical and financial reports must be submitted by the project directors to CSREES.
Account Identification: 12-1500-0-1-352.
It is anticipated that this program will significantly advance the achievement of the objective of full representation of minority 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.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Program Announcement and Application Kit for the Food and Agricultural Sciences All- Americans/Undergraduate Scholars Program; 7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations; 7 CFR Part 3017, Government wide Department and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Government Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); 7 CFR Part 3018, Restrictions on Lobbying; and 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.
Regional or Local Office: None.
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.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals are evaluated by a peer review panel of educators, scientists, representatives from the private sector, and government officials who consider such criteria as the applicant institution's: 1) Proven success in recruiting and graduating minority undergraduate students; 2) potential for recruiting and educating minority students due to its geographic location in an area that is heavily populated by minority groups; 3) accomplishments in establishing successful mentoring and other minority student support and job placement programs; 4) level of quality in undergraduate academic programs in the food and agricultural sciences and closely related fields of study, including the strength of its curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instruction delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention efforts, as evidenced by its demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences, to respond to identified State, regional, national, or international educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences, and to design and implement innovative food and agricultural educational programs; and 5) success in facilitating cooperative initiatives between it and other educational institutions or organizations in the public or private sector, to maximize the development and use of resources such as faculty, facilities, and equipment to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs.