CANR offers new STEM-FEE Scholars Program through NSF grant

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Students who are considering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors are eligible to apply for $25,000 scholarships offered by Michigan State University’s (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

The CANR-STEM-FEE Scholars Program will award up to 24 scholarships to high-achieving, low-income students who are interested in pursuing majors in animal science, crop and soil sciences, forestry, entomology, fisheries and wildlife, food science, or horticulture. Scholarships are open to students who demonstrate financial need and are incoming freshmen, current MSU students who are undecided or changing majors at MSU, or students who are transferring to MSU from a community college or two-year institution.

Thousands of jobs in the STEM fields of food, energy and the environment (FEE) currently go unfilled in the United States. These applied biological disciplines are vital to our national and global security and economy, but graduate too few students to fill current and projected job openings. The CANR STEM-FEE Scholars Program is designed to address this important national need and is made possible through a National Science Foundation grant.

“Too few students are entering these disciplines – a problem that can be addressed by an effective, multifaceted, experiential and interactive recruitment program that engages students,” according to Eunice Foster. Foster is a professor in the MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and is leading the program, which will also seek to study the reasons for the student shortage and design effective student recruitment programs.

The application deadline for these competitive scholarships is March 31, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced in late April. Depending on financial need, scholars will receive up to $10,000 the first year and $5,000 a year after that, to a maximum of $25,000.

“Food, energy and the environment affect everyone,” said Kelly Millenbah, CANR associate dean and director for academic and student affairs. “We want to support students from all backgrounds as they explore STEM fields and related opportunities within our college.”

The online application form is at

For more information or to request a hard copy of the application, contact Eunice Foster (email, phone 517-353-0135) or visit

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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