Today is National Higher Education Day, which takes place every year on June 6 to defend accessibility to higher education. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports higher education by partnering with the Land-grant University System to find innovative solutions to the most pressing local, national and global issues . In fiscal year 2021, NIFA support for research, extension, and education totaled nearly $2 billion.
The 1890 Fellowship Program provides scholarships to support the recruitment, engagement, retention, mentorship, and training of undergraduate students at 1890 land-grant institutions, resulting in bachelor’s degrees in food and agricultural science and in related fields.
The 1890 Facilities Grant Program supports the acquisition and improvement of agricultural and food facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that 1890 land-grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, Virginia State University- Western and Central State University, can fully participate in the development of human capital in food, agricultural and human sciences.
The 1890 Centers of Excellence Program provides support to the Centers of Excellence which were originally established in 2015 on the 125th anniversary of the second Morrill Act of 1890. The 1890 Centers of Excellence are hosted by land grant institutions from 1890 with the aim of increasing profitability and rural prosperity in underserved areas. farming communities; meet critical needs for enhanced international training and development; and growing diversity in the science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math pipeline.
The Competitive Educational Grants Program for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions promotes and builds the capacity of Alaska Native Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions to carry out related education, applied research, and community development programs. Priority is given to projects that improve equity in education for underrepresented students; build institutional capacity for education; prepare students for careers related to food, agriculture, natural resources and the humanities; and maximize the development and use of resources to improve food and agricultural science curricula.
The Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program provides funding to colleges and universities to support students from diverse backgrounds with scholarships, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities to help them complete their bachelor’s degree in food, agriculture , natural resources and human sciences; or to obtain a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grant Program promotes and builds the capacity of HSIs to carry out higher education programs to attract, retain and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the country’s professional and scientific workforce in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.
The National Food and Agricultural Science Needs Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designated for graduate (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of food and agricultural science policymakers, researchers, and educators.
The Fresh Start Program for Tribal Students awards competitive grants to Land-grant colleges and universities to provide support for tribal students. Funds can be used to support tribal students for 1994 articulation agreements; dual credit programs; recruitment; tuition and related fees; Experimental learning; and student services, including tutoring, counseling, academic counseling, and other student services that would increase retention and graduation rates for tribal students.
The Resident Teaching Fellowships and Distance Learning Fellowships for Higher Education Institutions in Island Regions are competitive grant programs focused on improving formal post-secondary agricultural science education in eight island regions: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia , the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the United States Virgin Islands.
The Higher Education Incentive Grant Program funds college and university professors who teach agricultural science and strive to inspire their students and take learning to a new level.
The Grant program for secondary education, two-year post-secondary education and agriculture under the K-12 classroom grant program promotes and strengthens secondary and two-year post-secondary education in the food, agricultural, natural, and human (FANH) sciences to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified manpower at the service of the FANH scientific system. It also promotes complementary and synergistic connections between FANH secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher science education programs to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree. FANH Higher Diploma in Science.
The Tribal College Fellowship Program 1994 assists Land-grant institutions to become centers of scientific research and learning for remote and rural reservation communities. This scholarship focuses on training students in science.
The Tribal Equity Grant Program funds formal learning at land-grant institutions from 1994. Professors use the funding to upgrade their courses, improve their teaching capacity, provide student stipends, or invest in new technology to reach more students in remote reservation communities. 1994 Land Grant Institutions may also use grants to support student recruitment and retention.
The Grants Program for Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a competitive grant program supporting research and extension projects that increase the participation of rural women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields .
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