USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

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Amount
Awarded

$50,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

January 31

Friday
Awarded By:

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Approximately twenty-eight scholars are selected to a receive a scholarship each year.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a high school senioror rising college sophomore or junior.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must have a cumulative year-end GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Must demonstrate leadership and community service.
  5. Must be majoring in agriculture.
  6. Must attend a participating college or university.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers several scholarships. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is one of them. It is a partnership between the USDA and 1890 historically black land grant colleges and universities. The program aims to increase the number of minority students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may at its discretion convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. Since 2014, USDA has provided opportunities for nearly 140 scholars.

Application requirements for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program are:

  • Essay
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college, and rising college sophomores and juniors. General requirements include U.S. citizenship, a cumulative year-end GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have been accepted to, or currently attending an 1890s institution to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related academic disciplines. Candidates must also show leadership and community service

Award Amount: The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may at its discretion convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The scholarship is renewable each year and is contingent on satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $50,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, January 31

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, January 31

Applicants fill out a form on the provider website. Apart from the completed form, they must provide official transcripts, a resume, and a 500 to 800-word essay. The essay must explain why you want to work for the USDA, how the scholarship will impact your experience and perceptions about agriculture, food sciences, and natural resource sciences. The full application must be delivered (by mail) to the USDA/1890 Program Liaison at the University or Universities selected by the applicant.
Contact: USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
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