USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

  • Deadline: 04/30/2024
  • Renewable: Unknown
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Award Amount: Not Available
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  • Address: 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program started as a partnership between of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.

If you happen to be the lucky winner of this scholarship, you will be appointed using the Schedule A(r) authority (5 CFR 213.3202) and will not be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full time employment upon graduation.

However, you will be required to compete for appropriate employment immediately after graduation and commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year you were given the scholarship.

Full Description

What you get with the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is not only the tuition, fees and books, but also employment and employee benefits.

The scholarship is awarded for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the following universities:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alcorn State University, Mississippi
  • Central State University, Ohio
  • Delaware State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Kentucky State University
  • Langston University, Oklahoma
  • Lincoln University, Missouri
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas
  • South Carolina State University
  • Southern University, Louisiana
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Virginia State University
  • West Virginia State University

The main aim of this scholarship is to support minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines and increase their number.

Who's eligible?

When the eligibility requirements are in question, the applicant has to:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
  • Have leadership and community service

Future possible scholarship winners are required to study in the following or related disciplines:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Business/Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics
  • Agricultural Production and Technology
  • Agronomy or Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Botany
  • Food Sciences/Technology
  • Forestry and Related Sciences
  • Home Economics/Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Soil Conservation/Soil Science
  • Farm and Range Management
  • Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science)

Scholarships have to be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.

How to Apply

The application is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors and all the documentation has to be sent prior to deadline, on April 30.

All application materials must be sent to the university (or universities)selected by the applicant to attend.

The documentation includes an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature and a signed and filled out application.


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