Abstract

The current study explored challenges, support mechanisms, and successes experienced by postsecondary students enrolled in a STEM-based (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and math) minority student program within a College of Agricultural Sciences. Stu-dents faced challenges in the form of academic rigors, balancing school and life responsibilities, and unique cultural interactions. To counter-balance identified challenges, students articulated social support from peers and academic advisors as well as financial support from the STEM-based minority student program. In combination, the balance of challenges and support was suggested as an essential element to underrepresented student growth and success. Practical recommendations for facilitating successful balance to further under-represented student success within colleges of agriculture are discussed.

Keywords: underrepresented minority students, challenges, supports, multicultural scholars program, STEM education

 

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