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Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program

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The above map depicts the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) that have current NIFA funding. 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. 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.

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. Link to a list of HSCAUs.

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.

Webinars are scheduled for the following dates:

February 14, 2014

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April 3, 2014

2:00pm EST

May 15, 2014

2:00pm EST

June 19, 2014

2:00pm EST


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Previous Webinars

September 12, 2012

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July 19, 2012

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April 19, 2012

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May 17, 2012 Download presentation

Highlighted Projects:



Project Title


Texas A&M, Corpus Christi

The cultivar project: connecting underrepresented Latinos to integrate values and academic resources


University Of Puerto Rico At Mayaguez

UPR-Mayaguez center for education and training in agricultural and related sciences (cetars)


Texas A & M University, Kingsville

Developing an experiential learning/mentoring and research program for recruitment, retention and career development into agriculture, natural resource and human sciences

2010 New Mexico Highlands University

Supporting agriculture in science and education (sase)

2009 University Of Texas - Pan American Research experiences in agricultural biotechnology for underrepresented students at two hispanic serving institutions
2009 Pontifical Catholic University Of Puerto Rico

Establishment of a new bachelor of science degree in biotechnology program with emphasis in agro-biotechnology

2009 California State University, Long Beach

Comienzo sano: familia saludable - latino nutrition and chronic disease prevention project

2008 Houston Community College Northwest, Town & Country Campus

Engage: empowering the next generation in agri-science with genomics education

2008 University Of Texas, San Antonio

Building agricultural and environmental research capacity at HSI's: the usda faculty and student team (fast)program



Contact Information

Irma Lawrence, National Program Leader, HSI Educational Grant Program

Josue Lopez, Program Specialist, HSI Education Grants Program

Cory Legall, Lead Program Assistant


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