Representative Scott announces committee move to HBCU scholarship funding
Representative David Scott, chairman of the United States House Agriculture Committee, announced that a bill providing permanent funding of $ 100 million for scholarships at nineteen colleges and universities land grants of 1890 was passed by the committee in a bipartisan vote.
Scott represents Georgia’s 13th Congressional District, which includes South Cobb County.
The nineteen historically black colleges and universities were established in 1890 to “strengthen research, extension and teaching in food and agricultural sciences,” according to the website of the National Institute of food and agriculture (NIFA).
NIFA is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.
A press release from Rep. Scott describes the committee’s passage of the fundraising bill as follows:
Yesterday the House agriculture committee was removed from the committee HR 4252, bipartisan legislation introduced and championed by President David Scott to establish permanent funding of $ 100 million for scholarships to nineteen colleges and universities in 1890. The bill was favorably reported by the committee with overwhelming bipartisan support by 43 to 3 and is now online for consideration by the entire House of Representatives.
“Our 1890 HBCUs including my beloved alma-mater FAMU provided a phenomenal return on our initial $ 80 million investment included in the 2018 Farm Bill to support the education and research of their academics in agriculture and agricultural sciences. ” President David Scott said after the hearing. “I deeply appreciate the strong, bipartisan support from members on both sides of the aisle to keep scholarships in our 1890 HBCUs permanently funded for generations to come.”
“There is still work to be done” President David Scott continued. “As the nation seeks solutions to the new challenges of the 21st century with resilience in our agricultural supply chains, it is more important than ever that these universities receive the funding they need to fulfill their mission and help respond. to the global demand for agricultural innovation. We must continue to build together on our efforts to meaningfully support these historic institutions that are vital both to the future of American agriculture and to Red and Blue communities across the country. “