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scholarship for Indians/First Nations college students studying agriculture/food production

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Just got this in my in-box. Could be useful--$1000 scholarships. Could be more effective for people to do crowdsourcing campaigns perhaps. could be easier to get crowdsourcing when you already have a $1000 scholarship too...welcome any thoughts about it.


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Press Release

Applications Due September 30, 2015
Apply Now for Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

LONGMONT, Colorado (Aug. 3, 2015) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today opened the application period for the second year of its “First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program” that aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities.

First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition, 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 Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

To be eligible, applicants must:
Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, including food systems.
Be Native American (enrolled member of a current or terminated federal/state tribe) and be able to provide documentation.
Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
Demonstrate a commitment to helping his or her Native community reclaim local food-system control.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application and provide other required information, including proof of tribal enrollment, 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 believes that 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 purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so they can better assist their communities with these efforts.

About First Nations Development Institute

For 35 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.


Program Contacts:
Kendall Tallmadge, First Nations Program Officer
ktallmadge@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x216

Marsha Whiting, First Nations Senior Program Officer
mwhiting@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x208

Media Contact:
Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
rblauvelt@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836 x213
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