Education Grants Program
The above map depicts, with red markers, the 92 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) that have received NIFA funding since 1997. To be recognized as an HSI, institutions must have a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) are represented by blue markers. In addition to the enrollment requirement, a HSACU must have an accredited agriculture-related program and at least 15 percent of the degrees awarded in agriculture over the two most recently completed academic years. Click on individual markers for more information about each institution. To view schools by state, use the map's zoom tool. Use the hand tool to move the map from coast to coast. For accessible data link to NIFA-funded HSIs and HSACUs and total HSI and HSACUs nationwide.
The number of total Hispanic Serving Institutions in the United States is growing as are the number of HSACUs. NIFA’s funding programs for these institutions contribute to the diversity of talented agricultural scientists through enhanced access to education, especially in agriculture and food sciences. HSI and HSACUs play an important role in NIFA’s education portfolio by supporting many institutions of higher learning in the Southwestern United States.
NIFA's Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program is competitive. The grant promotes and strengthens HSIs and HSACUs so they can carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences, natural resources, and nutrition. Through this grant, these institutions build capacity, establish linkages with businesses and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, conduct outreach to Hispanic/Latino communities, develop new curricula, and meet local and national educational and workforce needs in agriculture.
The program was created to help two-year and four-year colleges and universities better serve under-represented students in their community, typically Hispanic students. The program supports projects that will help these students achieve their potential, thereby increasing the number and diversity of well-trained professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. Schools wishing to participate in this program are encouraged to attend NIFA's informational webinars and visit the applicants' page or the RFA page for this program. They may also review highlighted projects below to see how others have successfully developed programs using this funding.
Monthly Webinars are scheduled for the following dates:
September 12, 2012
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Irma Lawrence, National Program Leader, HSI Educational Grant Program
Josue Lopez, Program Specialist, HSI Education Grants Program
David Sosa, Lead Program Assistant
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