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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department

USDA Multicultural Scholarship

About the USDA Multicultural Scholarship Grant

The Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program aims to increase the diversity of the food and agricultural workforce by supporting students from diverse backgrounds pursuing their bachelor's degrees through scholarships, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities. Geared towards INCOMING FRE students. Scholars are eligible to receive $6,500 per year for 2 years and additional benefits. 

About Food and Resource Economics

Through curriculum and experiential learning, students develop the skills to analyze complex situations such as the allocation of natural resources to meet the needs of people in local, state, national, and global communities. Food and Resource Economics students study sales, finance, marketing, management, environmental policy, law, international trade, math, and economics.

UF Catalog: FRE Undergraduate Catalog Listing

Learn more information on how to apply to UF (Transfer): Transfer Admissions Information

Please be aware of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Transfer Application Deadlines: Transfer Application Deadlines

Scholarship Requirements

As communicated by UF Food and Resource Economics and the USDA

  • AA or equivalent coursework (60 hours)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Be a citizen or national of the United States as determined in accordance with Federal law
  • Be newly enrolled in FRE
  • Not have been enrolled previously in an academic program in the food and agricultural sciences at the same degree level
  • Must be from an underrepresented race, ethnicity, and/or gender

If you are unsure if you meet the above criteria, please contact Dr. Sharp or Dr. Kropp

Scholarship Application

For best consideration, please submit to fre@ifas.ufl.edu by the posted deadline. A completed application includes the following:


Program Details

FRE USDA Multicultural Scholars will participate in the below activities:

  • Support in SEL experience (Examples include Study Abroad, Research, Extension Internships, Agribusiness Business Internships, etc.) during Junior Year - Summer
  • Weekly Meetings with Dr. Sharp and Ms. Shu during the first semester
  • Career Counseling with Dr. Sharp
  • Peer Mentorship with upperclassmen in FRE
  • Professional development via Ag. Econ. Club
  • FAQ

    What is required for continued eligibility after semester 1?

    3.0 and good academic standing and demonstrating progress in the Food and Resource Economics major.

    What are the Transfer Requirements for Food and Resource Economics?

    Please check out the corresponding pages for students interested in our major:

    Food and Resource Economics - Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management Track

    Food and Resource Economics - International Food and Resource Economics Track

    It is also highly suggested that students look at the official CALS Transfer Guide Note: FRE is located on Page 26

    What is the deadline for the scholarship?

    For best consideration, please submit your application by June 15th. Note we will continue to accept applications past this date.

    When is the first disbursement of funds for this program?

    Fall 2021

    If I am not accepted as a scholar, may I still opt into some activities mentioned under Program Details?

    There will be some opportunities available but will be limited. Announcements will be made to the entire department if available. 

    Where should I send transcripts?

    We highly recommend you upload unofficial transcripts with your application. Official transcripts may be sent to:

    ATTN: Dr. Misti Sharp

    Food and Resource Economics Department

    PO BOX 110240

    Gainesville, FL 32611

    Who should I contact if I have further questions?

    Please direct all questions to fre@ifas.ufl.edu