$25,000 Scholarship Available through Central Arizona College’s USDA/NIFA Project Puente
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
From education to agricultural degrees, Central Arizona College’s Project Puente is preparing students for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) careers.
Through grant funding made available to CAC by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, CAC is seeking applicants for its Project Puente student scholarship opportunity.
The Project Puente grant will award a college or university scholarship to one student for up to $25,000 of funding over three semesters (Fall 2017-Fall 2018). The scholarship can be used to pay for college tuition, room and board, books and required equipment, supplies and course fees, research supplies, travel expenses to symposia or approved academic or grant-related conferences, and tutoring or internship stipends.
High school seniors, community college, undergraduate or graduate university students who are pursuing or have successfully completed an agriculture or related academic program are eligible to apply. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.
“This is a unique scholarship opportunity for students, stated Marshall Logvin, USDA/NIFA Grant Coordinator at CAC. “One student could become eligible for future USDA employment.”
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. They need to be enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment to; an accredited community college, college or university advanced degree program, or other qualifying educational institution. If applicable, they must have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher. Eligible students must agree to complete a six to eight week paid USDA summer internship.
Logvin added, “Project Puente is a Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Higher Education Grant and has a goal of increasing the number of Hispanics working in agriculture and the USDA. Preference is given to Hispanic students and to students pursuing college degrees that will prepare them for a mission critical USDA Career such as soil science, forestry, food inspection, consumer safety, and many others.”