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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Multicultural scholarships available to study
environmental, food, agricultural sciences at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 21, 2002 -- Applications are now available for the University of Rhode Island’s four-year multicultural scholarship program. Now in its third year, the program is designed to encourage multicultural students to study environmental, food and agricultural sciences.

"Today’s complex environmental and agricultural problems require the attention of a wide range of individuals with different viewpoints and prospective solutions," said scholarship coordinator Deborah Grossman-Garber. "This scholarship is designed to encourage underrepresented students to study these subjects."

Incoming freshmen choosing to study in URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences and who qualify as economically, socially or culturally disadvantaged are eligible to apply.

Students awarded the scholarship will receive $5,750 per year for four years. Selection will be based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, and evidence of interest and commitment to studying the required subject areas.

The program currently supports seven students in four different areas of study.

In his second year of his scholarship, sophomore Dioscaris Garcia of Central Falls said "I have come to consider the obvious financial award a very minute part of the scholarship. The feeling of pride that comes with being a USDA scholar sets the recipient apart from other students, mainly because of the selectivity and expectations that are required to be one of us. Future scholars will soon realize that there’s no better feeling than having things be exactly as one expects after a long journey of hard work."
For additional information or to apply, contact Kimberly Anderson at 874-4676 or email

For Information:Deborah Grossman-Garber 874-5401, Todd McLeish 874-7892

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