Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarships accepting applications

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/09/2017 12:00 PM
LONGMONT, Colo. – The First Nations Development Institute is accepting applications for its First Nations Native Agriculture& Food Systems Program that aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector.

First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships to Native college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education and sustainable agriculture or food systems.

Complete information and a link to the online application can be found at www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/scholarship. All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Sept. 28.

To be eligible, applicants must:

• Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in an agricultural-related field, or be able to demonstrate how their degree program relates to Native food systems,

• Be tribally-affiliated and able to provide documentation,


• Have a grade point average of at least 2.75, and

• Demonstrate a commitment to helping his or her Native community reclaim local food-system control.

Each applicant will be asked to complete an online application and provide other required information, including proof of tribal affiliation, college enrollment verification, unofficial transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and a short essay submission of 250 to 500 words.

First Nations officials said reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and economic well-being of Native people and communities. Native food-system control has the potential to increase food production, improve health and nutrition and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities, while also promoting entrepreneurship and economic development. The Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarship Program’s purpose is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so they can better assist their communities with these efforts, according to a First Nation press release.

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