USDA Announces Nearly $9 Million in Food and Agricultural Sciences Education Grants at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsWASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced $8.8 million in grants to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Colleges and universities in eight states and Puerto Rico will use these grants to support the future workforce need of educated and able food and agriculture sector professionals through programs that serve underrepresented students.
“The Hispanic population in the United States is growing, as is interest and emphasis on research, education, and extension services in higher education across the country,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions that focus on climate change and variability, food safety and security, water, childhood obesity, and sustainable bioenergy create opportunities to train and educate these students, allowing them to excel in higher education and in the workforce.”
NIFA made the awards through the HSI Education Grants Program, which encourages innovative teaching or educational projects that will prepare students to enter the agricultural workforce. An education or teaching activity is formal classroom instruction, laboratory instruction, and practicum experience in the food and agricultural sciences and other related matters. Project activities include student recruitment and services, curriculum development, instructional materials and equipment, and innovative teaching methodologies.
Fiscal year 2015 grants have been awarded to:
- Central Arizona College, Coolidge, Ariz., $274,692
- Pima Community College, Tucson, Ariz., $274,997
- Arizona Western College, Yuma, Ariz., $250,000
- University of California, Riverside, Calif., $249,963
- California State University, San Bernardino, Calif., $500,000
- Florida International University, Miami, Fla., $250,000
- Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Ill., $275,000
- University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill., $275,000
- New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., $500,000
- Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, N.M., $249,980
- The City College of the City University of New York, New York, N.Y., $274,996
- Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico, $275,000
- University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, $274,435
- St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, $275,000
- Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas, $52,344
- University of Texas, Edinburg, Texas, $250,000
- University of Texas, Edinburg, Texas, $500,000
- University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, $500,000
- University of Houston, Houston, Texas, $248,116
- University of Houston, Houston, Texas, $250,000
- University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, $249,997
- University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, $250,000
- Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, $250,000
- Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas, $274,790
- Heritage University, Toppenish, Wash., $270,000
More information about FY2015 grantees can be found here.
Currently, more than 400 HSIs are dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the Hispanic community. These institutions are located in 17 states and Puerto Rico, serving more than 2 million students in areas with the largest growing Hispanic communities in the country.
NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit nifa.usda.gov/impacts or follow us on Twitter @usda_nifa, #NIFAimpacts.