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Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship in USA, 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Programme. These scholarships are awarded to pursue undergraduate or graduate degree programme.

The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so that they can better assist their communities with these efforts.

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is a nonprofit organization that assists Native American tribes, their communities, and Native nonprofits in economic development by providing technical assistance, training, policy, and the awarding of grants.

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Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: October 4, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue undergraduate or graduate degree programme.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in agriculture and agriculture-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.
  • Scholarship Award: First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic school year.
  • Number of Scholarships: Five scholarships are available.
  • Nationality: US applicants
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: US applicants are eligible for these scholarships.
  • Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Applicant 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.
    • Applicant must be tribally-affiliated and able to provide documentation.
    • Applicant must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75.
    • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to helping his/her community reclaim local food-system control.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via online mode.

    • Online application
    • Proof of tribal affiliation (e.g. enrollment card, CIB, letter from tribe, etc.)
    • College enrollment verification form
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from faculty member
    • Essay (250-500 words) adressing:
      • 1) how you will use your degree to help your tribe and/or other Native communities reclaim control of local/traditional food systems, and
      • 2) how you plan to spend the scholarship money
      • Please note: An ideal essay will demonstrate how you are involved in your tribe and/or other Native communities and committed to local/traditional food systems work.
    • Headshot photo for possible use in First Nations’ publicity activities (optional)

    Applications must be submitted online at by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Please allow enough time to complete the online form, including having your professor upload the recommendation letter. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Additional documentation may be required upon award.

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