What is the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program?
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students to attend one of 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
What does a scholarship under the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provide?
A scholarship under the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provides:
- Full tuition;
- Employment with the USDA during the summer and after graduation;
- Employee benefits while employed with USDA;
- Use of a laptop computer, printer, and software while on scholarship;
- Room and board for each of the 4 academic years.
What are the eligibility requirements for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program?
Eligibility requirements for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program are as follows: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate and are starting their first year of college for a bachelor’s degree. (Note: Since this program is intended to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines at participating institutions, currently enrolled bachelor-level students in these institutions are not eligible to apply.)
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be an entering freshman;
- Hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate;
- Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better;
- Have a combined verbal/math score of 1,000 or more on the SAT or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT;
- Attend one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions;
- Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines;
- Demonstrate leadership and community service;
- Apply for admission to the institution(s) of his or her choice;
- Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature;
- Sign all applications (original signature only);
- All application materials must be postmarked no later than February 1st and sent to the institution(s) selected by the applicant to attend.
What are the 1890 Land-Grant Universities?
The 1890 Land Grant Universities are:
- Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL
- Alcorn State University , Lorman , MS
- Delaware State University , Dover , DE
- Florida A&M University , Tallahassee , FL
- Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
- Kentucky State University , Frankfort , KY
- Langston University , Langston , OK
- Lincoln University , Jefferson City , MO
- North Carolina A&T University , Greensboro , NC
- Prairie View A&M University , Prairie View, TX
- South Carolina State University , Orangeburg , SC
- Southern University, Baton Rouge , LA
- Tennessee State University , Nashville , TN
- Tuskegee University , Tuskegee , AL
- University of Arkansas , Pine Bluff , AR
- University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
- Virginia State University , Petersburg , VA
- West Virginia State University , Institute, WV