Al Lawson: USDA Sending NIFA Funds to FAMU for Scholarships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending more than $750,000 in scholarships to Florida A&M University (FAMU).

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced this week that FAMU will get $752,632 in scholarships for Florida A&M University from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“The grant, which was made possible through NIFA’s 1890 Scholarship Program and authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, will provide full and partial scholarships to undergraduate students in FAMU’s College of Agriculture and Food Sciences,” the congressman’s office noted. “The scholarships will aid recipients pursuing careers in food and agricultural sciences by providing a support system that includes mentoring, tutoring, research opportunities, professional development and career counseling.”

Lawson, who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and helped steer funds from the $867 billion Farm Bill to send $14 million to 1890-land grant universities including FAMU, weighed in on the scholarships on Monday.

“Careers in agriculture and food sciences play key roles in our economy and are vital to our nation’s success,” Lawson said. “This funding will increase the number of outstanding and diverse students at FAMU who are pursuing degrees in this field, and open the door for future agricultural leaders.”

NIFA is also sending scholarship funds to  Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Lincoln University of Missouri,  Alcorn State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Central State University, Langston University,  South Carolina State University, Southern University Tennessee State University, Prairie View A&M University, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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