Transition Twin Cities Supporting Students of Color Involved in Resilient and Regenerative Agriculture

Scholarship recipients, Naomy Candelaria (left) and Priscilla Trinh (right).

Transition leaders Leslie MacKenzie and Peter Foster are supporting young students of color from the University of Minnesota by funding their research and studies in resilient and regenerative agriculture. Learn more about how recipients Priscilla Trinh and Naomy Candelaria will be making the most of this support!

Press Release For Immediate release        

The Future We Need Scholarship Award Recipients Announced
Supporting students of color involved in resilient and regenerative agriculture 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- March 23, 2020 -- The University of Minnesota chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is pleased to announce the recipients of two scholarships, valued at $2,500 each. 

Priscilla Trinh is an undergraduate student and an intern for EarthTrust and The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future (ISEOF). She is studying ways to develop lower-carbon, more sustainable agricultural systems. Trinh is especially interested in developing new cultural narratives. In 2018, Trinh wrote a children’s book titled, “Snapcrash: An Indispensible Lens to Reality,” which was featured by actor Jeff Bridges on his National Geographic website. 

Naomy Candelaria is a graduate student in the Applied Plant Science program. Her undergraduate education focused on sustainable agriculture and she is currently researching ways to optimize ecosystem services with summer cover crops in order to improve soil fertility and habitat for beneficial insects. Following graduate school, Candelaria plans to develop an educational agroecological farm in Puerto Rico.

The Future We Need Scholarship was created to support students of color pursuing a career in soil sciences, agriculture, or natural resources, with a focus on resilient and regenerative systems. Scholarship funders Leslie MacKenzie and Peter Foster have been volunteers in the Transition Town movement for 10 years, helping their community learn the skills they will need to live with greater resilience. 

“Every community will have to grapple with the challenges created by climate change. These young people are already doing vital work in the world and we are happy that we could support them in their educational journey so that they can assist so many others in the future. We believe they exemplify The Future We Need.” 

MANRRS is changing the face of agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences by supporting a diverse pool of talented young leaders of color. MANRRS works for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences. Learn more at

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