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Scholarships available for agricultural economics majors

Published: 01/30/2013 4:01PM
By: booner

Four incoming Fort Valley State University freshmen majoring in agricultural economics may be eligible for a scholarship.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded Fort Valley State a grant to fund its Agriculture Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program on campus. Recipients receive $6,500 annually for four years to pay tuition, fees and room and board. In addition, each year students receive a $1,000 book stipend, $1,500 travel allotment to attend professional conferences and a $4,000 stipend to study abroad in Ghana, Africa.

The purpose of the scholarship is to increase, and improve, the quality of African Americans and Hispanics entering the agricultural sector workforce, and graduate and professional schools.

In addition to the financial incentives, this scholarship offers a paid internship, with government or private industry, and a paid summer research experience after the junior year. Project partners include the University of Ghana, Georgia Department of Agriculture, USDA's Georgia Rural Development, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, The University of Georgia, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Kentucky and Kansas State University.

"We believe this grant will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance our students' knowledge and hands-on experiences with our land-grant research universities and also with the agricultural and agribusiness sectors. It will also give them international experience so that when they graduate, they are better prepared for the global job market," said Dr. Erika Styles, who collaborated with FVSU professor Dr. Mack Nelson in obtaining the grant to fund the scholarships.

To be eligible, students must: be a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident) and a Georgia resident; be an African American or Hispanic; be a graduating high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0; have a combined score of 1,000 on the SAT (490 Critical Reading and 400 Math minimums), an equivalent ACT score total score and minimums in reading and math is also acceptable. Applicants must also apply for federal financial aid and admission into FVSU.

For more information, or for an application, click HERE (ag.fvsu.edu/index.php/students/multicultural-scholars-in-agricultural-economics/).

Perspective awardees must fill out a completed application by March 30 and submit it to:

Dr. Erika Styles
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313