The Special Emphasis Programs are created to improve the recruitment, job retention, and advancement opportunities of minorities, women and people with disabilities in the workplace. Special Emphasis Programs promote fairness and equity in the delivery of programs to our customers. They also help to educate our workforce about diversity among various races, genders, ethnic, and cultural groups so everyone has a better understanding and appreciation of our differences.
Black Emphasis Program (BEP) - The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in NRCS.
2013 Black History Month
NRCS 2013 Black History Month Poster
At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
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Each year USDA provides 34 full 4-year scholarships to students attending any of the 17 historically Black 1890 Institutions. Open to students completing their senior year of high school, scoring a minimum of 1000 on the SAT, or a score of 21 or higher on the ACT, Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. Scholars must major in agricultural related fields, food or natural sciences, or other allied disciplines. An application deadline is January 15 of each year. This is a student employment program with non-competitive conversion eligibility.