MAELC Diversity Fellowship Program

MAELC Diversity Fellowship Program

Award Amount:$10,000

Number of Awards: Not known

Deadline: March 1, July 1, and November 1 each year

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) is pleased to announce the MAELC Diversity Fellowship for graduate students in agricultural education-teacher licensure. The program is available to students who are entering the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities M.Ed. Initial or Additional Licensure programs in Agricultural Education. The MAELC is committed to diversifying the agriculture teacher workforce.The purpose of the program is to provide financial support for students from underrepresented groups in the agriculture teacher field.

Host Institution:

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) is a 17-member legislative council dedicated to improving and restructuring Agricultural Education in Minnesota at all levels. MAELC was founded in 1997 and includes members from the various public, private, and governmental entities. From basic food systems knowledge to advanced processing sciences, agriculture is the key to one in four jobs in Minnesota.


  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident entering the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities M.Ed. Initial or Additional Licensure programs in Agricultural Education.
  • Those firmly committed to teaching agricultural education in Minnesota should apply for this fellowship.
  • Students that have been from a traditionally underrepresented group in the agriculture teaching field are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should be firmly committed to teaching in Minnesota.
  • Students are eligible to receive this fellowship once.

Instructions for Applying:

To be applying, the applicants may submit an online application through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

The application will require all the following:

  • Be prepared to answer the following questions:
  • What inspired you to choose the agricultural education teaching profession as your career path?
  • How are you paying for your education? (Work, loans, Fellowships, family, etc) Are there any special circumstances or issues you would like the committee to know?
  • Specify your teaching goals and how your study at the University of Minnesota relates to those goals. Include evidence of your passion and commitment to the agricultural education teaching profession.
  • How do you see utilizing diversity to benefit the learning experiences of your students in the classroom?
  • An unofficial transcript,
  • A resume, and
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer, university or high school educator, personal reference, etc.

Award Description:

$10,000 is available (up to $5,000 per fellowship). Fellowship funds will be transferred directly into student accounts of successful applicants and may affect students’ financial aid package.

Detailed Information Link:

Contact Information:

If you have questions or concerns, contact the MAELC office at (612) 624-6256.