USDA Multicultural Scholars Program (USDA-MSP)
In 2010, USDA NIFA awarded PVM funds to establish a Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP). These funds provided partial scholarships to four DVM students. Students also received funds to participate in a Special Experiential Learning Experience (SEL).
The MSP Scholars also participate in specific programmatic pieces designed to enhance their student experience and provide support through graduation.
This is how students describe what being a USDA-MSP scholar has meant to them:
"Beinga USDA-MSP scholar has meant so much to my experience at Purdue. Not only was it a great way for me to immediately feel comfortable with other students in the program, it gave me the opportunity to find faculty that were willing to help me. This program has also encouraged me to get involved in other programs and lectures on campus that I may not have attended or even known about if I were not in the program."
Allison (Allie) Joe
"The USDA Scholar Program has helped me greatly with lowering the cost of attending veterinary school. It has also helped me develop great relationships with the faculty and staff in the veterinary school and become more professional and organized."
"The USDA MSP scholar has helped me learn about how diversity plays a role in everything we do, especially our career and interpersonal relations. It has helped me interact better with other members of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine and discuss problems we share, and be more prepared in studying for my future career."
Julio Alonso Lecumberry