The Multicultural Scholars Program

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 are 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
  • 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