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1890 National Scholars Program

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;
  • Fees;
  • Books;
  • 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.) 

Applicant must:

  • 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

What is the application deadline for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program?

The application deadline for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is February 1st  of each calendar year.

Where can an application for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program be obtained?

Applications for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program can be obtained at:

USDA/1890 Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250, Mail Stop 9478
Telephone number: (202) 205-5692
Email Address: 1890init@usda.gov
Frequently Asked Questions

NRCS 1890 National Scholars Program Coordinator
Ms. Kimberly Rodgers
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705, Mailstop 5472
Telephone Number: (301) 504-2309
Fax Number: (301) 504-2175
Email Address: Kimberly.Rodgers@wdc.usda.gov

USDA 1890 National Scholars Application

When are the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program applicants notified?

Notification procedures are as follows:

  • Scholarship offers are usually made within 90 days of application deadline.