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College Receives USDA Multicultural Scholars Grant

By Jenna Wegner
UW-RF University Communications

MARCH 3, 2006--The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Multicultural Scholars grant that will provide five full scholarships for incoming freshmen.

Five students will receive a $6,000 scholarship for each year they are on campus, up to four years. Of the $6,000, $4,500 comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the UW-RF provides the remaining $1,500.

CAFES hope to increase diversity in their academic programs by recruiting students from Vincent High School in Milwaukee and Arlington High School in St. Paul.

Students at both schools are already familiar with the university and college through various pre-college programs and have been enrolling at a slow but steady pace, according to CAFES staff.  

Students will also be given the opportunities to participate in paid internships, undergraduate student-faculty research projects, and employment opportunities in the University pilot plants, greenhouses and farm enterprises, as well as professional development activities.

Faculty member Donovan Taylor of the plant and earth science department will oversee the scholarship program.

"Through the Multicultural Grant we hope to expand the diversity in CAFES and create a network of support to help these students from non-farm backgrounds achieve more knowledge," explained Taylor. "As ambassadors, these students will return to their high schools and let the students know that being a part of agriculture can create a diverse array of opportunities."  

As part of their scholarships, these students will return to their schools and share their success stories with prospective students and their teachers and parents. By doing so, this will encourage other under-represented students to pursue opportunities in higher education, specifically careers in agriculture and related fields, resulting in a more diverse professional workforce.

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