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The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellow Experience Program (FEP). Applicants accepted into the program will be appointed using the Schedule A(r) authority (5 CFR 213.3202) and are not eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full time employment upon graduation.
The program awards scholarships to students attending one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities, pursuing a bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. The nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities are as follows:
* 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
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:
* Be a U.S. citizen
* Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
* Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
* Intend to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
* Demonstrate leadership and community service
* Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
* Submit a signed application (original signature only)
Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.