USDA 1890 Scholars Program

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 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. North Carolina A&T State University is an 1890 land-grant institution.

Purpose
The purpose of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to:

  • strengthen the long-term partnership between USDA and the 1890 Land-Grant Universities
  • increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines

Objective
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens that are seeking a bachelor’s degree at one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines.

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Business/Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics
  • Agricultural Production and Technology
  • Agronomy or Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Botany
  • Food Sciences/Technology
  • Forestry and Related Sciences
  • Home Economics/Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • 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
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions. Each award provides annual tuition while on scholarship, fees, books, room and board for each of the academic years the scholarship is awarded. Each annual scholarship renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

General Eligibility
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be interested in attending one of the nineteen 1890 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.

Application Requirements

High School Seniors College Students
  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Expect to hold a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) Certificate
  • Have a combined verbal/mat/written score of 1,500 or more on the SAT (note: 1,000 or more combined for those universities that only accept verbal/math score) or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT

 

  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a 500-800 word essay describing (1) your interest in USDA, (2) how you envision the scholarship will impact you and your future as a public servant, and (3) your experience and perceptions about agriculture, food, and natural resource sciences

 

2014 Scholarship Application COMING SOON…

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

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
Office of Advocacy and Outreach
USDA/1890 Programs
1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0170
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone Number: (202) 720-6350
Fax Number: (202) 720-7136
Email: 1890init@usda.gov

 

NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY
USDA Liaison
LARRY HARTSFIELD (RD)
North Carolina A&T State University
1601 East Market Street
107 B.C. Webb Hall
Greensboro, NC 27411
Phone: (336) 334-7709 – Ext. * 2006
Fax: (336) 334-7580
Email: ldhartsf@ncat.edu

More information: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/