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1890 Scholars Program


Scholarship Value: $40,000
Awards Available: 17

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:

A) Full tuition;

B) Employment with the USDA during the summer and after graduation;

C) Employee benefits while employed with USDA;

D) Fees;

E) Books;

F) Use of a laptop computer, printer, and software while on scholarship;

G) 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.)

Applicant must:

A) Be a U.S. citizen;

B) Be an entering freshman;

C) Hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate;

D) Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better;

E) 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;

F) Attend one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions;

G) Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines;

H) Demonstrate leadership and community service;

I) Apply for admission to the institution(s) of his or her choice;

J) Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature;

K) Sign all applications (original signature only);

L) All application materials must be postmarked no later than February 1st and sent to the institution(s) selected by the applicant to attend.


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