Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Two students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) have been named recipients of the Monsanto 1890 Student Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes up to 10 high-achieving students from underrepresented communities nationwide, who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in agriculture or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at 1890 land-grant universities.
Daniel Perry, a senior from Marianna, Ark. majoring in agricultural economics, and Ariel Duffy, a sophomore from Washington D.C. majoring in industrial technology management and applied engineering, were each awarded the $10,000 scholarship. Their awards can be applied to tuition, books and other academic fees.
“I am especially proud of what these two African-American male students have achieved,” George Richardson, U.S. Department of Agriculture/1890 program liaison at UAPB, said. “Their achievement complements President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ White House Initiative, which aims to engage African-American male students in educational and leadership opportunities that lead to academic success. At USDA, a college education is very important to a successful career in the field of agriculture or any of its related disciplines. An investment in our young people today will ensure a future work force of the best and brightest.”
According to Monsanto, the scholarship is a part of the company’s broader focus on innovation and investment in agriculture. The award recognizes the future generation of innovators who will be tasked with meeting the challenges of global food security.