The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers scholarships to undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in agriculture and first-generation college students interested in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Food Science, or Human Health and Nutrition. To date, 20 BioResource Research (BRR) students have been awarded these prestigious scholarships.

MSP Scholars receive generous tuition scholarships for up to a four-year period. They pursue a B.S. degree in BRR, and participate in MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) or SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science).

$6,500 per year scholarships will be awarded to first, second and third-year students, to start in Fall 2016. The scholarships are funded for up to four years, and will also provide a paid internship and a trip to a national conference. Unfortunately, this program is NOT open to students who are already in BRR, as the USDA's intent is to use MSP Scholarships to recruit underrepresented students into agriculture/natural resource fields. Download the MSP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION here!

If you are already in BRR and otherwise fit the criteria (underrepresented minority or first generation student), and participate in MANRRS, we will also be awarding (smaller) scholarships to MSP Mentors, who act as peer 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.



MSP Scholar JOSH HAYS helps test a new product developed in the Linus Pauling Institute



MSP Winter Social with Scholars and Mentors: Bowling Party in the MU