USDA-Administered Higher Education Grants

The President's request for FY 96 reduces funding for institutional challenge grants and requests $1.5 million for Hispanic Education partnership Grants and $4.6 Million for the Native American Endowment Fund. The FY 95 appropriations are as follows:

Grant Type


Institution Challenge Grants


Multicultural Scholars Program


1890 Capacity Building Grants


Graduate Fellowship Grants


  • Institution Challenge Grants provide competitive grants to colleges and universities to enhance food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. Methods of enhancement include enriching curricula; promoting faculty development; expanding experiential learning opportunities of undergraduates; and using new technologies for enhanced instruction delivery systems. Supported projects address regional, national, and international higher education issues; involve creative and novel approaches to teaching that can serve as models for the whole system; foster partnership initiatives across the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector; and generate additional support to augment that provided by USDA.
  • The Multicultural Scholars Program provides the opportunity for 1862 land grant schools to reach out specifically to ethnic minority students to enhance minority participation in food, agricultural, and natural resource science education.
  • 1890 Capacity Building Grants, in conjunction with the Multicultural Scholars Program, help the LGCA system to
    • —strengthen linkages between institutions whose primary clientele has historically been members of ethnic minorities and other institutions—colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry;
    • —advance cultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional work force by attracting and educating more minority students; and
    • —enhance the quality of teaching and research programs at the 1890 institutions.
  • Initiated in 1984, Graduate Fellowship Grants are targeted specifically to the recruitment and education of predoctoral students for critical food and agricultural science positions in areas identified as having a "shortage of expertise." During the period FY 1984–1993, a total of 722 fellows were supported through 273 grants awarded to 51 institutions in 38 states.

SOURCE: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. 1995. The Unique Land Grant System Working for People, Food, Agriculture, Environment through Teaching, Research, and Extension, March 1995.

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