American Indian Graduate Center to expand agricultural program

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/29/2020 01:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen Justin Quetone Moss, a Ph.D. who is an OSU professor and department head of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, will provide the keynote address at the Nov. 19 American Indian Graduate Center’s premiere of its Agriculture College Readiness Program at 10 a.m. CST (9 a.m. MST). To register for the event go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AgriReadiRegistration2020. COURTESY
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The American Indian Graduate Center will premiere its Agriculture College Readiness Program at 10 a.m. CST (9 a.m. MST) on Nov. 19.

Native high school students are invited to register for this virtual event, held in collaboration with Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture and made possible by a grant from the Native American Agriculture Fund.

The readiness program will feature a keynote address by AIGC alumnus and Cherokee Nation citizen Justin Quetone Moss, a Ph.D. who is an OSU professor and department head of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Amber McGee, OSU Prospective Student coordinator, will also present at the event.

“American Indian Graduate Center is honored to partner with the Native American Agriculture Fund and Oklahoma State University to offer academic support to an entirely new subset of students pursuing higher education,” AIGC Executive Director Angelique Albert said. “By building current programming to scale, American Indian Graduate Center can create additional opportunities to empower students as they transition into qualified professionals. Support from these organizations allow us to continue expanding programs that contribute to our students’ success from pre-college to career.”

Through NAAF funding, the AIGC will also host a second Agriculture College Readiness Program in collaboration with Montana State University in December. Additionally, the funding will supplement the Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program, a need-based endowed scholarship for qualified students pursuing veterinary medicine and veterinary technician degrees.

To learn more about the Agriculture College Readiness Program and other Native scholarships and academic support opportunities, visit AIGCS.org.

The AIGC is a national private 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and professional students throughout the United States.

The NAAF provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers.

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