Friday, June 12, 2009
SC State’s Agribusiness Program has been awarded a grant of $120,000 for the purpose of promoting diversity in the Agribusiness profession. The grant is an award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. This award required a matching fund of 25 percent by SC State University.
The objective of the Agribusiness Multicultural Scholarship Program is to increase the ethnic and cultural diversity of the food, agricultural, scientific and professional work force. It is also used to progress the learning success of minority Americans by providing grants to colleges and universities that have a capacity to attract, educate and graduate minority students for careers in agriscience and agribusiness.
The Agribusiness Multicultural Scholarship Program will reward scholarships to five minorities, helping them to complete a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness at SC State University. It will also provide each student with a stipend of $4,500 per year for four years.
Other benefits from this program include receiving a waiver of $1,500 per year for housing, and an educational allowance of $1,500 to enrich the training of each scholar. Students will acquire educational materials and travel support for seminars, conferences and workshops in professional organizations.
Ecstatic about the opportunity that the grant will provide for the agribusiness program, Dr. Barbara Adams, department chair of Accounting, Agribusiness & Economics, says “agribusiness involves the application of economic and business concepts to the food and fiber industry. We are very excited about the opportunity that this grant provides for us to recruit and attract students to the agribusiness program.”
To be eligible for the Agribusiness Multicultural Scholarship Program, students must be admitted to SC State University beginning in the fall semester of 2009, and complete the scholarship application. Applications are available in the Department of Accounting, Agribusiness & Economics, located in room 325 in Belcher Hall on the campus of SC State.
Students must also have unique capabilities for achieving the objective of full representation of minority groups in the fields of agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, home economics and disciplines closely associated to the food and agricultural system.
The progress of each successful agribusiness scholar will be monitored with a respective advisor. Monitoring will begin at admission and continue throughout the four years until matriculation.
The Agribusiness Multicultural Scholarship Program will prepare students for professional positions in agribusiness companies such as Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Coca Cola and General Foods, as well as banks and governmental agencies such as the USDA.
For more information about the Agribusiness Multicultural Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Haile Selassie, project director and coordinator of agribusiness and economics, at (803)536-8456, or Dr. Barbara Adams at (803)536-8121.