Graduate Feeder Scholars Program

The Graduate Feeder Scholars Program was founded in 1987 by our former visionary president, Dr. Frederick S. Humphries. Since 1987, the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program has been a direct pipeline for high-achieving sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled at FAMU in any academic discipline to attend nationally renowned universities to pursue graduate-level degrees at no cost to the student determined by their selected school.

Our Goals

The goal of the Graduate Feeder program is to help Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University students with the documents they need to successfully apply to graduate-level programs around the nation. Through workshops and submitting writing assignments via Canvas, students will strengthen their:
  • Statements of purpose
  • Resumes or curriculum vitaes
  • Graduate writing samples
The Graduate Feeder Scholars Program also provides test preparation and professional development opportunities, ensuring that our students will meet the expectations of our partner institutions.
The Graduate Feeder Scholars program was designed for programs we do not have at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.


Benefits of being a Graduate Feeder Scholar

Once students become Graduate Feeder Scholars, they are eligible to receive:

  • Up to three fee waivers to partnering universities
  • Funding for their entire graduate-level program (master’s and PhD only)

*Funding for students will be determined by their selected school*

  • The Dr. David H. Jackson Jr., Research Award & Test Preparation Program Scholarship
  • The opportunity for visiting partner campuses




  1.  Complete 30 credit hours with a minium GPA of 3.0.
  2. Submit a typed and fully completed Graduate Feeder Participation Application.
  3. Submit an unofficial transcript.
  4. Attend at least five(5) Graduate Feeder educational and professional development seminars and workshop.
  5. Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Partnering Schools

For over 30 years, FAMU has maintained 26 partnerships with universities such as Florida State University, the University of Florida, Cornell University, Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T University. These intuitions have proven their commitment to the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program by providing full funding for up to five Feeder Scholars in graduate-level programs each year.

  • American University
  • Auburn University
  • Boston University
  • Bowling Green University
  • Cornell University
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University @ Bloomington
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University - Graduate School
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University - Newark
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of South Florida
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University

Partner Participation Agreement

The Participation Agreement is a partnership or memorandum of understanding between Florida A&M University and the Feeder Institutions. It stipulates the basic benefits each Institution will provide to qualified FAMU scholars upon application and acceptance into a graduate program of study. Some participation agreements include the following: admission application fee waivers, campus visitation opportunities at no charge to students and summer research internships.

The agreements are initially instituted to cover a five-year period. However, they are monitored annually to ensure active participation in the program. Feeder Institutions are invited to the campus of Florida A&M University annually for the purpose of providing institutional information and recruitment.

How to Become a Graduate Feeder Scholar

If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Feeder Scholar, please review the requirements and complete the survey. Applications are processed on a biweekly basis; students will be notified of their status via the primary email listed on application.