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USDA Program Is Now Open To Accept Scholarship Applications

Applications for USDA 1890 National Scholars Program are now open for all eligible high school and college students.

It is a joint venture between 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities and US Department of Agriculture (USDA),

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Applicants, under this program, receive full time scholarship for four years to attend any of the listed universities to pursue higher education in food, agriculture, natural resource sciences or any other related fields.

Program Overview

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is basically executed under the brand name, USDA Fellows Experience Program and all the eligible applicants accepted for this program are usually selected on the basis of Schedule A(r) authority (5 CFR 213.3202).

The scholars under this scheme are not eligible for any non-competitive adaptation to full-time employment until the completion of their graduation.

Immediately after graduation the applicants are required to compete for satisfactory employment and if appointed they need to dedicate at least one year of service to USDA against the financial support offered to pursue their education.

Under USDA 1890 National Scholars Program the applicants receive full tuition fees, along with employment benefits, employment, cost of rooms, books and board each year up to the completion of four years of bachelor degree in any of the following 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 and West Virginia State University

The primary objective of USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is to boost and encourage the engagement of minorities in the field of agricultural education, natural resource sciences, food, and other related subjects.

The Scholarship

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is awarded every year and it can only be used to pursue higher education at any of the 1890 Historically Black Lang-Grant Universities. The amount disbursed under this program can be used for fees, room and board for the entire term of the program. This schaorlship is renewed annually, depending upon the academic performance and progress of the students towards their bachelor’s degree.


-Applicants must be permanent US Citizen
-Must have cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
-Must have enrolled or currently studying at any of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities
-Must have interest in pursuing education in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
-Must show leadership qualities and interest for community services
-Must accompany the application with official transcript consisting school seal or signature from authorized officials

Who Must Apply

All seniors of high school entering their freshman year of college and intensifying college juniors and sophomores should apply for USDA 1890 National Scholars Program.


The application for USDA 1890 National Scholars Program should be postmarked latest by 1st of February 2015 and mailed it to the concerned university the applicant has intended to attend.

High School Applicants can Download Application Here
College Applications can Download Application Here

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