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Murray State College receives grant from Native American Agriculture Fund

February 25, 2020


Murray State College has announced its selection as a grant recipient through the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF). The NAAF provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers.

Grant funds at Murray State will be used to fund 10 scholarships of $1,500 for Native American agriculture students in the fall 2020 semester.  Grant funds will also be used to create a new course in financial literacy.  While open to all students, the course will be focused on financial literacy issues related to agriculture.

“We are proud to partner with NAAF to offer student scholarships and help students become more educated about financial issues in agriculture.  Students will benefit greatly from NAAF scholarships and exposure to financial issues that often times can make or break a business or family farm,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

To qualify for scholarships, students must be agriculture majors enrolled in at least 12 hours at MSC. Scholarship recipients will be automatically enrolled in the Agriculture Financial Literacy course. By earning a C or better in the class, they will receive a $1,500 scholarship for use in the spring semester. In their second year at MSC, those in this scholarship program can receive $1,500 in the fall and spring semesters by maintaining a 2.0 GPA.

According to MSC’s Agriculture Department Chair Brian Cothran, a variety of subjects will be included in MSC’s grant-funded Agriculture Literacy Course.  Those subjects include loan applications, budgeting applications and technology for agriculture, banking and reporting regulations, taxes and other important aspects of owning a business.

To receive additional information about the program, please contact Brian Cothran at