Source: PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY submitted to
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Accession No.
Grant No.
Project No.
Proposal No.
Multistate No.
Program Code
Project Start Date
Jul 15, 2021
Project End Date
Jul 14, 2025
Grant Year
Project Director
Parks, A. L.
Recipient Organization
P.O. Box 519, MS 2001
Performing Department
Non Technical Summary
As a result of the predicted shortage of human capital trained with degrees to fill agriculturerelated vacancies in the future, particularly individuals of color, this project will utilize amultidisciplinary approach to enhance the number of individuals highly prepared for success in foodand agricultural related careers. PVAMU particularly targets underserved andunderrepresented populations and limited resource clientele and prepares this population toparticipate effectively in teaching, research and extension activities related toagriculturalsciences. By targeting and preparing scholars for success in food and agricultural careers, theCollege will promote a reputation of being a student magnet providing a gateway to opportunitiesand assist in meeting the USDA NIFA goal of diversifying the field of agricultural sciences andrelated fields with highly skilled individuals. Project success will be measured based on studentself-assessment surveys, student evaluation by project leadersand based on university records of enrollment, retention and graduation.
Animal Health Component
Research Effort Categories

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
Knowledge Area
001 - Administration;

Subject Of Investigation
0001 - Administration;

Field Of Science
0001 - Administration;
Goals / Objectives
This project will provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training of undergraduate students at Prairie View A&M University, resulting in baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and leading to a highly skilled food and agricultural systems workforce. Measurable objectives will include:1) Increased number of students recruited, retained and graduated and entering the food andagricultural workforce from theCollege of Agriculture and Human Sciences.2) Increased number ofstudents participating in high-impact student experiences such asundergraduate research, educationabroad and internships.3) Increased student retention and graduation within the College of Agriculture and HumanSciences.
Project Methods
This project will support scholars with full or partial scholarships, provide mentoring activities, workshops and will increase scholars' participation in high-impact experiences (education abroad, internships, research projects) designed to enhance their career readiness upon graduation and to supplement their classroom/theoretical educational experiences. As a result of participation in these activities, scholars' professional competencies will be enhanced. Measurement of professional competencies will be achieved through pre-test, formative and summative approaches through self-assessment and evaluation by project staff utilizing research-basedassessmentsurveys. The monthly structured mentoring sessions will be utilized to monitor and measure scholars' progress and performance. The PVAMU Office of Career and Outreach Services will provide assistance in evaluation of student career competencies since it already conducts similar activities. Recruitment of scholars will target the top 10 feeder schools for PVAMU in order to achieve and promote student diversity within the College. These schools offer FFA programs wherein many of their students proceed to pursue food and agricultural careers. Measurement of student enrollment, retention and graduation will be achieved through data compiled by the University regarding enrollment, retention and graduation.

Progress 07/15/21 to 07/14/22

Target Audience:Although we extended 22 scholarship awards for 2021-2022 reporting period, only 9 students accepted their respective scholarship award. Therefore, the target/served audience was only 9 Scholars for this reporting period from this specific award. This target audience was added to the 22 Scholars who continued from an initial scholarship award in 2020-2021, making a total of 31 Scholars benefiting from this project in 2021-2022. Changes/Problems:The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a negative impact on the number of opportunities available to students during the reporting period. Also, the anticipated expenditures related to tuition and fees were not actualized because mostof the students who were offered scholarships selected not to attend Prairie View A&M University. Of the 22 scholarships offered for the 2021-2022 academic period, only 9 of the recipients selected to enroll in fall 2021. Most of the students who selected not to attend were out of state students who expressed concerns about the out of state tuition costs. This impacted our ability to dispense the available funding as planned. We will consider alternatives to award additional scholarships and to help increase/ensure the scholarship acceptance rate. Beginning June 1, 2022, Dr. Alfred L. Parks (who previously served as a Co-PI) will become the Principal Investigator as Dr. Wash A. Jones will be transitioning to a different role outside of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?We scheduled six monthly scholars meetings between September 2021 and May 2022. Topics covered during the meetings included two student presentations about their internship experiences from summer 2021, academic success strategies and student wellness discussions. Scholars learned about access to university resources such as the tutoring center as well as the purpose and benefits of student organizations. The meetings assisted scholars with staying on track with grades, important upcoming events, and mental health check-ins. The meetings helped scholars to build relationships with teachers, make friends and connect with other students with the same major or career path. Scholars increased their awareness of other scholarship opportunities. In addition to participation in high-impact experiences, program scholars were required to be active members in at least one student organization designed to build professionalism and career readiness within the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. All (100%) of the 29 Scholars completing the year-end survey reported being involved in at least one student organization within the College. Membership in the various clubs were as follows. Some Scholars participated in multiple organizations: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS): 15 Scholars Pre-Vet Club: 16 Scholars Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND): 2 Scholars CAHS Garden Club: 3 Scholars The Agri-business Club: 5 Scholars PVAMU Livestock Show Team: 4 Scholars The Rodeo Club: 1 student Each of these organizations provides various training and professional development opportunities designed to increase students' professionalism and marketability. Due to the on-going COVID-19 restrictions, activities primarily were limited to a virtual setting. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest? Nothing Reported What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?Scholars reported an increased level of mental and emotional challenges during this reporting period. We will seek to be more proactive in addressing these challenges among our Scholars in order to enhance Scholars' academic and personal success. This could include more programmatic efforts to address these issues as well as more one-on-one interaction with Scholars. We will seek to enhance the number of Scholars participating in high-impact practices by continuing to assist them in identifying and applying for these opportunities. We will continue to conduct various mentoring activities, including the monthly meetings, individualized meetings with scholars and mentors and provide continued exposure for scholars to professional development opportunities. Thus far, the Project PI's have served as the primary mentors for the Scholars, but we continue to seek and encourage colleagues at PVAMU to serve as mentors to the Scholars as well. We plan to award additional scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year to increase the number of individuals with the opportunity to benefit from the program and to catch up on spending the awarded funding as planned. Additionally, we will seek to market the scholarship more widely and earlier and to make the scholarship more enticing to future students so that the award acceptance rate might be increased. This could be accomplished by making awards sooner, by increasing the value of each scholarshipand by expanding the marketing of the scholarship. We have considered adjusting the required cumulative grade point average from 3.00 to 2.75 or 2.50 in order to align the scholarship requirements more with the minimum University scholarship requirements and to help with scholarship retention. No final decision has been made on this consideration.

What was accomplished under these goals? The number of new scholars supported during this reporting period was 9 partial scholarship recipients. The dollar value per student of the partial scholarships were valued at $19,000 (N= 7 scholars) and $12,000 (N=2 scholars), and covered tuition andfees. *Following are the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences enrollment data for 2019 - 2021: First Year Retention Rate: 2019 = 75% 2020 = 79% 2021 = 78% Fall Undergraduate Enrollment Data: 2019 = 341 students 2020 = 384 students 2021 = 413 students (7.6% increase from 2020; 3.5% increase for undergraduate and graduate; University enrollment showed 2.3% increase from 2020) Spring Undergraduate Enrollment Data: 2020 = 340 students 2021 = 370 students 2022 = 385 students (4.1% increase from 2021; 0.0% increase for undergraduate and graduate; University enrollment showed 1.3% decrease from 2021) *Data from the Prairie View A&M University Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. The PI's assisted all scholars in identifying and applying for high-impact practice student experiences during the reporting period. The COVID-19 pandemic continuesto impact the number and types of opportunities offered and available to scholars. However, scholars covered by the project reported that they have been offered and would be participating in the following high-impact practices during summer 2022 and spring 2023. These data include all scholars participating in this project regardless of the award number under which they are covered. Three of the scholars participating in high impact practices encompass the 2021-2022 cohort. Internships: Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (Texas A&M University): 3 scholars Simplot Operations Support Military Base Research Facility Private Cattle Ranch Bridge Street Animal Clinic Kansas State University John Cross Mortgage Texas Coalition of Rural Homeowners V-care Animal Clinic Study Abroad: Study Abroad Vet Experience in South Africa (4 scholars) Study Abroad (Spring 2023) The three Project PI's served as designated mentors for the scholars and met with the scholars at least once monthly as a group. Mentors supported the scholars while they matriculated, and mentors served as a sounding board to share insights regarding academic studies and careers. The three faculty and staff mentors for the 2021-2022 academic year represented the three service areas within the College: Dr. Wash A. Jones (Academics/Associate Professor), Dr. Rukeia Draw-Hood (Extension/Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development), and Dr. Alfred L. Parks (Research/Interim Associate Director of Research).