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Scholarship to support minority students pursuing careers in food science, agriculture

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences received $60,000 for a minority scholarship program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Funding for the Fabian Garcia Multicultural Scholars Program was announced Jan. 27.

The scholarships, named after a pioneering agricultural researcher at NMSU, will provide $5,750 annually for four years to each of three students preparing for careers in food science or agriculture.

Fabian Garcia was the nation's first Hispanic director of an Agricultural Experiment Station. During his tenure from 1913 to 1945, he introduced the first commercial varieties of chile and made significant contributions in cotton, pecan and onion research.

Garcia was a member of the first graduating class of New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later NMSU).

"His achievements in food and agriculture research make him an ideal role model for minority scholars and an appropriate namesake for this scholarship program," said John C. Owens, College dean and chief administrative officer.

The goal of the scholarship program is to provide financial and mentoring support for New Mexico minority students who may be able to count on family support but lack resources or experience with the university application process.