April 28, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Helps to Secure $752,632 USDA-NIFA Grant for FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure $752,632 in scholarships for Florida A&M University from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant, which was made possible through NIFA’s 1890 Scholarship Program and authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, will provide full and partial scholarships to undergraduate students in FAMU’s College of Agriculture and Food Sciences. 

“Careers in agriculture and food sciences play key roles in our economy and are vital to our nation’s success,” Rep. Lawson said. This funding will increase the number of outstanding and diverse students at FAMU who are pursuing degrees in this field, and open the door for future agricultural leaders.”

While serving on the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Lawson worked to ensure that the $867 billion Farm Bill included financial support for 1890-land grant universities, such as FAMU. The scholarships will aid recipients pursuing careers in food and agricultural sciences by providing a support system that includes mentoring, tutoring, research opportunities, professional development and career counseling.

NIFA awarded more than $14 million to FAMU and the following 19 institutions: Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Lincoln University of Missouri,  Alcorn State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Central State University, Langston University,  South Carolina State University, Southern University Tennessee State University, Prairie View A&M University, Virginia State University, and West Virginia State University.

Land-grant institutions are schools established by Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890 intended to focus teaching of agriculture, science and engineering.