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The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), funded by three grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers scholarships to undergraduate students of diverse cultural backgrounds and first-generation college students who are interested in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Food Science, or Human Health and Nutrition. To date, 12 BioResource Research (BRR) students have been awarded these prestigious scholarships.

MSP Scholars receive tuition scholarships for up to a four-year period. They pursue a B.S. degree in BRR in the College of Agriculture, and join MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences).


We have received funding from USDA to offer MSP scholarships to up to six new scholars, starting next fall! These scholarships will be awarded to first, second and third-year students. The scholarships are funded at $6,500 per year for up to four years, and will also provide a paid internship. Sadly, this program is NOT open to students who are already in BRR, as the USDA's intent is to use MSP Scholarships to recruit students of diverse cultural backgrounds into agriculture/natural resource fields. Download theĀ MSP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Due March 29th

If you are already in BRR and otherwise fit the criteria (diverse cultural background or first generation student), and participate in MANRRS, we will also be awarding smaller scholarships to MSP Mentors, who act as mentors to the new MSP Scholars. Please contact Wanda Crannell ( if you are interested in becoming or remaining an MSP Mentor.

Click here for information about applying for College of Agricultural Sciences scholarships.

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