Borlaug International Scholars Fund

We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Tom Hargrove – scientist, humanitarian, author, friend, husband, and father.  Dr. Hargrove dedicated his life to communicating the needs of international agriculture development.  He was a long-time friend of Dr. Borlaug and the entire staff of the Borlaug Institute.  He will be missed.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Borlaug International Scholars Fund.  Details can be found below.  For more about the incredible life of Dr. Hargrove, two of his books can be found at the Texas A&M University Press: Dragon Lives Forever about his agriculture development work in Vietnam during the war and Long March to Freedom about his hostage experience in Columbia.

Memorials can be made to:

Borlaug International Scholars Fund
401 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Submit online memorials.

Continuing the Legacy

Hunger and conflict are two of the most pressing issues facing our global community. Dr. Norman Borlaug proved that agriculture plays a pivotal role in preventing both. He said, “If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.”

The training of young scientists was a hallmark of Dr. Borlaug’s life work. By equipping and empowering researchers from countries around the world, he built an army of agricultural leaders with a mandate to spread the Green Revolution—preventing mass starvation in many countries.

The Borlaug family, the Borlaug Institute, and Texas A&M University continue this tradition by establishing the Borlaug International Scholars Fund to build productive partnerships with students and scientists from developing countries in order to address issues concerning agriculture and food security.

Developing Future Leaders

The Borlaug International Scholars Fund not only honors a great visionary, it ensures that his critical work will continue by providing training for the future leaders in agriculture—the future Norman Borlaugs. The fund ensures financial support for the Borlaug International Scholars Program, a program that provides both graduate degree training and short-term experiential learning activities for international students and professionals working in agricultural and rural development. Students will be selected to attend programs at Texas A&M University and at partner land-grant universities throughout the United States. The Borlaug Instittue is part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Building Expertise and Dedication

Students selected must have a demonstrated commitment to fighting global hunger and ensuring food security. Through the program, they will gain the tools and motivation to be leaders in international agricultural development.  Dr. Borlaug believed that a generalist approach is the best way to address the complex social, political, and scientific issues of food security. Program participants will pursue a wide variety of disciplines in agriculture and rural development including plant science, animal science, veterinary medicine, horticultural science, genetics, agricultural education, ecosystems sciences, water management, agricultural economics, and nutrition.

Supporting the Borlaug Legacy

Every day, millions of people are hungry—not knowing when their next meal will come. Challenges from political instability, lack of infrastructure, disease, drought, and lack of education all contribute to food insecurity and poverty. In addition to ensuring food security, agricultural development provides meaningful solutions for building peace in areas of conflict.

Your support of the Borlaug International Scholars Fund continues his legacy by using the tools of agriculture to fight intolerance and feed the world.

Memorials can be made to:

Borlaug International Scholars Fund
401 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Submit online memorials

  • In Memoriam – Dr. Tom Hargrove, International Agriculturalist and Author
    Written by Dr. Edwin C. Price, director of the Borlaug Institute and associate vice chancellor for international agriculture, and long-time colleague and friend of Dr. Hargrove. Tom Hargrove, Aggie Class of ’67, died on January 24 at age 66. We became friends at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines in 1975, and he is part of  t […]
  • Borlaug International Scholars Program – 2010 Update
    The International scholars Program is supported by the Borlaug family’s memorial fund to perpetuate the legacy of Norman Borlaug.  Dr. Borlaug was passionate about the need to increase and expand training of international agriculture scientists.  The International Scholars Program is a living memorial to Borlaug.  It is made possible through the generous sup […]

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