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USDA 1890 National HBCU Full Scholarship Program - Full Tuition, Fees, Books, and Room & Board Included!

Dollar Amount: $30,000
Deadline: March 1st, 2024
Majors Targeted: :Agricultural Business and Management::Agricultural Economics::Agricultural Education::Agricultural Engineering::Agricultural Journalism::Agricultural Mechanization::Agricultural Technology Management::Agriculture::Animal Science::Botany::Ecology::Entomology::Environmental Science::Feed Science::Food Science::Forestry::Grain Science::International Agriculture::Landscape Horticulture::Natural Resources Conservation::Nutrition::Plant Biology::Plant Pathology::Poultry Science::Soil Science:
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Award Type: Scholarship Money
Contact Person: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration Office of Advocacy and Outreach
Posted By: on 02/01/2024

The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is aimed at bolstering educational and career opportunities for students from rural or underserved communities around the country. It was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between USDA and the 1890 land-grant universities.

USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) manages the 1890 National Scholars Program, which is aimed at increasing the number of students from rural and underserved communities who study food, agriculture, natural resource and other related sciences. The scholarship provides recipients with full tuition, fees, books, room and board. Scholars attend one of the 1890 land-grant universities and pursue degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. The scholarship may also include work experience at USDA. The program is a crucial part of USDA’s Next Generation efforts.

USDA awarded 100 1890 scholarships in Fiscal Year 2023.

These are the (19) 1890 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

Study Disciplines

USDA 1890 National Scholars are required to study one of the following disciplines:

Agricultural Business/Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics
Agricultural Production and Technology
Agronomy or Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Food Sciences/Technology
Forestry and Related Sciences
Home Economics/Nutrition
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)

The Award

The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward a bachelor's degree.

General Eligibility

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 a minimum of 21 ACT, 1080 SAT scores
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
Demonstrate leadership and community service
Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
Submit at least 2 letters of reference
Submit completed application

Who Should Apply

The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is open to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college, and rising college sophomores and juniors.

The applications for the 2024 school year will be accepted from December 15, 2023 through March 1, 2024. Click to view instructions for creating a user account (PDF, 876 KB) and submit your application.

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For any questions regarding the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, please contact:

Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
USDA 1890 Programs
1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0601
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone Number: (202) 720-6350
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