The automaker is offering $100,000 in scholarships for future black farmers
By Frederick H. Lowe
The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, the North American automobile manufacturer of Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles N.V., is supporting a $100,000 scholarship program for the National Black Farmers Association.
The National Black Farmers Association and the FCA Foundation announced the agreement Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where both the foundation and automobile manufacturer are headquartered.
John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association, said the money is a huge step to ensure survival of black farmers. His organization is based in Baskerville, Va.
“Educating black farmers provides an opportunity to increase and advance agricultural technology, which will be passed on as a vital part of our rich farming legacy to future generations,” said Boyd, adding that agricultural programs will increase the number of young black farmers.
There were 41,024 black farmers in 2007, up 9% from 37,791 in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
African Americans comprise 1.3% of the 3.3 million total number of farmers.
The scholarships will provide up to $5,000 to fund agriculture–related studies at two-or four-year colleges or vocational-technical schools.
“Our hope is that these scholarships provide farmers with the inspiration and knowledge to help this vision become a reality,” said Jody Trapasso, senior vice president of external affairs of FCA North America and president of the FCA Foundation.
The deadline for scholarship applications is June 15. The application website is. https://scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation.
FCA LLC is the seventh-largest automobile maker in the world based on total vehicle sales. Their manufactured vehicles include Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and RAM trucks.