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New MSP scholars selected

The new Multicultural Scholars Program is delighted to welcome the following scholars to the program. Please check back at this Web space for updates on their activities and progress in the next four years.

Daymont Dickens, Agriscience Education major from Whitakers, NC.
Simone Hairston, Family and Consumer Sciences major from Summit, NJ
Tiara McCray, Agricultural Economics major from Upper Marlboro, MD
Terriq MooreAgribusiness major from Clinton, NC
Kaila Tanksley, Agricultural Economics major from Alexandria, VA


Program purpose -- Developing globally prepared agricultural professionals for the 21st Century

The agricultural social sciences discipline and professions are underrepresented by people of color. Therefore, the overall purpose of the USDA-NIFA Multicultural Scholars Program at the national level is to help increase the number of underrepresented students graduating in the food and agricultural sciences, and increase the pool of well-educated individuals for graduate studies or careers in these fields.
The Multicultural Scholars Program of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University contributes to this purpose. Here, we provide a special and unique opportunity for academically well-prepared undergraduate students to grow. As an MSP scholar at NC A&T, students are both challenged and nurtured by academic professionals whose goal is to ensure their academic and career successFive scholars have been selected for this program – August 2010-June 2014.
The Multicultural Scholars Program addresses academic, social, personal, and career aspects of scholars’ university experience and assists and prepares them to receive the maximum benefit of an education during their undergraduate years. The program director, Dr. Paula Faulkner, and advisors will serve as contacts throughout their experience. 

Objectives 
The objectives of the Multicultural Scholars Program at NC A&T is to: 1) Recruit and select highly, talented scholars for the program; 2) Provide scholars with support and services to ensure they graduate within four years; 3) Enhance scholars' research, academic skills and global awareness; and 4) Increase the pool of qualified graduates for graduate school or careers in the food and agricultural sciences.

Ultimate goal 
By partnering with governmental agencies, businesses, and non-profits, we will be able to pipeline our scholars for further studies or careers in the food and agricultural sciences workforce. The program will also help the U.S. achieve workforce diversity in the STEM fields i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Eligibility
All scholars in the Multicultural Scholars Program of the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education at N.C. A&T are majoring in Agribusiness/Agricultural Economics or Agriscience Education. Nationally, students selected to be Multicultural Scholars are U.S. citizens or nationals, and are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA. They are representative of traditionally underrepresented groups in foods and agricultural sciences, and are preferably first-generation college students, with high financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Paula Faulkner
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics, and Agriscience Education
(336) 285-4724; pefaulkn@ncat.edu

Expectations

Scholars are expected to complete their degree program, complete the Global Studies Certificate Program which requires one travel abroad experience , serve as undergraduate researchers with research faculty mentors; conduct service learning projects, mentor high school students, complete internships, join student organizations and clubs, such as Minorities in Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and the National FFA Organization, and present research during professional conferences, workshops, and seminars.
Class Attendance is mandatory
Global Studies Curriculum Project 
We will work closely with the International Program Director and staff to enhance the scholars’ global readiness especially by completing at least one study abroad experience.
Research 
Scholars will work with the SAES Undergraduate Research Director to ensure they learn to conduct research. We will also partner with Summer Research Opportunities Programs (SROP) during the summer to help scholars gain further research experiences and to prepare papers for research meetings at other universities such at The Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State or Iowa State University.

Meetings 

Scholars will meet individually and as a group with the Project Director and/or Advisors.

Academic Support
We will work closely with the Student Writing Center to assist with writing needs; the Multicultural Student Center to provide support, guidance and understanding and appreciation of diversity on campus; the Center of Academic Excellencewhich fosters and tracks academic success of students and provides a Tutorial Laboratory for students in need of additional assistance in math, science and writing, and the Center for Student Success that will help scholars identify, develop and apply their talents. The Center also provides workshops for interviewing skills and developing resumes and cover letters. Scholars will also consult with the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences'(SAES) Recruitment Coordinator and Retention Coordinator to enhance their academic training.

News and Events
Scholars’ academic accomplishments will be reported to university faculty and administrators, the University newspaper and radio station, other institutions, scholars’ former high schools and select policy makers, such as USDA Administrators. 

Accomplishments
Scholar accomplishments will be updated as achieved.

Funding Support
Award#2009-05677

Partial funding provided by: 
USDA