FCA Foundation Names National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Winners

Scholarships Support Development of a New Generation of African American Farmers

Courtesy of FCA US LLC

November 2, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, and the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) today awarded more than $87,000 in scholarships to support the development of a new generation of African American farmers. Established in May 2015, the National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program funded by the FCA Foundation awarded 19 scholarships to college students who are pursuing agriculture-related study. The FCA Foundation also announced it would fund up to $100,000 for a second year of the NBFA Scholarship program.

“Empowering young people with access to knowledge is transformational,” said Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement – External Affairs, FCA US LLC. “Supporting entry to higher education will ensure that these future leaders galvanize the tools, skills and passion necessary to make meaningful change in the world and provide access to food security for generations.”

$2,500 Scholarship Recipients

Student, Hometown



Kamal Bell, Durham, NC

North Carolina A&T State University

Agricultural Education

Anthony Bryant, Bronx, NY

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

Urban Farming

Edra Fisher, Havana, IL

Lincoln Land Community College


$5,000 Scholarship Recipients

Demetrius Arnold, Marianna, AR

University Arkansas

Agricultural Technology

Victoria Bradley, Memphis, TN

Middle Tennessee State University


Cameron Bradshaw, Jetmore, KS

Kansas State University


Michael Coleman, Raymond, MS

Alcorn State University

Animal Science

Mykeldren Davis, Memphis, TN

Alcorn State University

Animal Science

Aaron Gauff, Zachary, LA

Lindenwood University


Gabrielle Galvan, Granada Hills, CA

California Polytechnic State University

Animal Science

Danelle Solomon, Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University


Caria Hawkins, Glen Saint Mary, FL

Columbia Southern University

Environmental Management

Charisma Heath, Austell, GA

Fort Valley State University

Veterinary Science

Zaid Hightower, Cleveland, OH

Ohio State University


Kahmron Hymes, Crossett, AR

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Animal Science

John McKenzie, Kennesaw, GA

Tuskegee University

Nutrition Biology

Kristen Stigger, Memphis, TN

Tennessee State University

Agriculture Soil Science

Aaron Stripling, Austin, TX

Prairie View A&M University


Justin Walker, Elon, NC

North Carolina A&T State University

Agricultural Education

Scholarship recipients were selected based upon several criteria, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in agricultural and community activities, and career goals and objectives.

“The plight of the black farmers and the loss of Black-owned farms, have been a major issue for well over a 100 years,” said John Boyd, Jr., President of the National Black Farmers Association. “In 1910, nearly 1 million Black Farm families owned over 15 million acres of land. Today, less than 45,000 black farm families own 3 million acres. The NBFA Scholarship program will begin to address black land loss.”

Information about how to apply for the 2016 NBFA scholarship program will be available in early May athttps://scholarsapply.org/blackfarmersassociation/.

About the National Black Farmers Association
The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide. NBFA's education and advocacy efforts have been focused on civil rights, land retention, access to public and private loans, education and agricultural training, and rural economic development for black and other small farmers.

About the FCA Foundation
Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities. The FCA Foundation invests in programs that generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts in the following areas:

· Education – programs that inspire young minds, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM);

· Military – programs that support financial and basic needs of military service members, veterans and their families;

· Multicultural/Diversity – programs that promote inclusion and opportunity for diverse populations; and

· Youth Development – programs that help young people develop the skills and leadership qualities to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US salaried employees to use 18 hours of paid time each year to be an Engine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.