Boots to Roots Program Helps Veterans Earn Bachelor’s Degrees in Agriculture
Boots to Roots, a Texas State University (TSU) program, helps female and Hispanic military veterans earn bachelor’s degrees in agriculture and other STEM degree programs. Boots to Roots is the only NIFA grant program speciﬁcally for veterans to obtain agriculture and STEM degrees. The students who participate in Boots to Roots gain hands-on experience at TSU’s Students’ Sustainable Farm, engage in faculty led and mentored undergraduate research, and present research at conferences. Participants also volunteer their services with community organizations and schools, including developing lessons and teaching agriculture or science to K-12 students.
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