Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program
To be recognized as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), institutions must have a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) are represented. In addition to the enrollment requirement, a HSACU must have an accredited agriculture-related program and at least 15 percent of the degrees awarded in agriculture over the two most recently completed academic years. The number of total HSIs in the United States is growing as are the number of HSACUs. NIFA’s funding programs for these institutions contribute to the diversity of talented agricultural scientists through enhanced access to education, especially in agriculture and food sciences. HSIs and HSACUs play an important role in NIFA’s education portfolio by supporting many institutions of higher learning in the Southwestern United States.
NIFA's Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program is competitive. The grant promotes and strengthens HSIs and HSACUs so they can carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, natural resources, and nutrition. Through this grant, these institutions build capacity, establish linkages with businesses and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, conduct outreach to Hispanic/Latino communities, develop new curricula, and meet local and national educational and workforce needs in agriculture.
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Projects in which four or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions form a cooperative arrangement to carry out a common project that aims to promote and strengthen their abilities to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, nutrition, and natural resources. The collaboration between institutions increases the cost effectiveness of the project by achieving economies of scale and strengthening the overall scope and quality of a project’s impact. These projects must serve a minimum of 50 underrepresented students. Awards are up to $850,000 per year for a maximum of four years.
Projects in which two to three Hispanic-Serving Institutions form a cooperative arrangement to carry out a common project that aims to promote and strengthen their abilities to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, nutrition, and natural resources. Awards are up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of four years. These projects must serve a minimum of 20 underrepresented students.
2013-2014 STEAM Cohort I
|RISE: Pathways to Diversity in Food Science Careers||University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez|
|The LEADERS Program: Learning, Enhancing, and Developing Experiential Research Skills||Texas A&M University, Kingsville|
2014 STEAM Cohort II
|Cambio: Climate-change Adaptation and Management for Biodiversity to promote Inclusion and Opportunities for Hispanic students in the Fields||Humboldt State University|
|Northern New Mexico Climate Change Project||New Mexico State|
|Southwest Agriculture and Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders for a Safe and Secure U.S. Food Supply System||Texas State, San Marcos|
|Discover Collaborative Integration of USDA-Research in the Advanced Teaching Laboratories of STEAM for Accelerating Discovery and Student||University of Texas, El Paso|
Projects in which one or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) are involved in the execution of a project that aims to promote and strengthen their abilities to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, nutrition, and natural resources. Awards are granted on a one-time basis for a total of up to $250,000.
2014 Regular Projects
|Improving Student Success in Agriculture-Related Sciences with Academic Support and Career Mentoring||California State University, Monterey Bay|
|STEM Engagement for the Enrichment of Diverse Students (SEEDS) Scholars Program||San Diego Community College|
|Promoting Real Opportunities for Professional Experiential Learning (Project PROPEL)||New Mexico Highlands University|
|Raising the Gates: Addressing Gaps in Students` Understanding of Math and Chemistry in the Animal and Plant Sciences||New Mexico State|
|Hostos Community College Food Science A.S. Degree Program||Hostos Community College|
Opportunities for Higher Education and ResearchExperience in Renewable Energy and Water Quality to Enable STEM Hispanic Leaders
|The University of Texas, San Antonio|
- Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and HSIs with Hispanic-Serving Agricultural College and Universities (HSACU) Certification
- NIFA and the Hispanic-Serving Institutions
- Hispanic-Serving Institutions Collaboration Yearbook Spring 2013
- Hispanic Serving Institutions Collaboration Yearbook Spring 2014
- Final Meta-Evaluation Report of First-Year Program Implementation 2011-12 Program Year
- Meta-Evaluation Report of Second-Year Program Implementation 2012-2013 Program Year
- Hispanic-Serving Institution Logic Models
- Program Evaluation and Assessment presentation
- USDA Student Employment Programs
- 2013 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Directors Meeting
- USDA Hispanic Employment Program.pdf (691.14 KB)