Providing assistance to under-represented students

About the USDA Multicultural Scholars Program

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP). This federal grant provided funding to under-represented students recruited directly into MSU or a student transferring from Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) or Lansing Community College (LCC). The student must be planning to study in one of the following fields at MSU:

  • animal science, crop and soil sciences, dietetics, food science, forestry, or horticulture

This program will provide under-represented students (African American, Asian American, American Indian, or Hispanic) the opportunity to  interact with academic, faculty and professional mentors in their related disciplines. MSP graduates will also have the opportunity to continue their education in graduate school. To date, three MSP scholars have graduated: Brianna Patrick, an animal science major, and two dietetics majors: Kelli Wall and Erin Willbur. Two other students are scheduled to graduate in May 2015: Stephen Carney and Amanda Jones, both animal science majors.

Funding is available through this program:

  • Scholarships of $6,000 per year, possible up to 4 years to help pay for tuition, books, room and board. Now that the grant has ended, scholarships are $2,000/year, but additional grant funding is being sought.  

The student is expected to be enrolled at Michigan State University for 2 to 4 years and plan to study in one of the fields listed above.

Click here to learn how to apply

Michigan State University offers academic and professional development through organizations such as MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) a national organization that has chapters at over 60 university campuses throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In this national professional society, students participate in workshops, regional and national conferences, and various professional development competitions designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are studying agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.  Each regional and national conference includes a career fair.  In 2009, the MSU MANRRS chapter was awarded the Outstanding Professional Organization Award through the MSU Department of Student Life. 

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