USDA/1890 National Scholars Program 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. Application deadlines is January 15 of each year. This is a student employment program with non-competitive conversion eligibility.