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overhead view of Barry University campus in Miami Shores Florida.

July 7, 2023, Miami Shores, Florida – Barry University received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a Cultivating Resilience through Agriculture and Food Training (CRAFT) Scholars program. NIFA seeks partnerships with institutions with diverse student populations such as Barry University to train students “be the next generation of hunger fighters and agricultural problem solvers,” according to NIFA.

With support from the grant, Barry University will establish a comprehensive program of course work, hands-on experiences, study abroad, and research opportunities. More than $2 million of this funding is set aside for direct student support in the form of full scholarships and funding for experiential learning opportunities. 

“We are honored to receive this significant grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,” said Dr. Michael Allen, President of Barry University. “The Barry University CRAFT Scholars program will play a vital role in cultivating a diverse and skilled workforce that can address the complex challenges in the agricultural center.”

Read more about the CRAFT Scholars program and the grant here.


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