Dozens of students, teachers, staff and administrators from Lincoln University spent most of Tuesday in the Missouri state capitol building for the college’s biggest annual lobbying event.
“The main purpose of the day is to garner legislative support for our land-grant funding match, as well as funding for Lincoln University and higher education as a whole,” said LU spokesperson Misty Young in a press release. “This is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce or reacquaint Lincoln University with lawmakers and visitors to the Capitol.”
LU president Dr. Jerald Woolfolk said getting state lawmakers to increase the land-grant funding for the university is one of the main agenda items, funding that ht feder government is mandated to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $7.1 million.
“We’re hoping that they continue to increase that match so that we can get the full benefits of the federal land-grant funding,” said Woolfolk.
Lincoln University is one of 19 universities that are considered “Land-Grant Institutions” under the Second Morrill Act of 1890.
According to the USDA, these institutions “are intended to strengthen research, extension and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences by building institutional capacities.”
The University of Missouri is the only other land-grant institution in the state, but is under the First Morrill Act of 1862.