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Black Emphasis Program

The mission of the Black Emphasis Program is to provide focus on issues of employment, promotion, training, retention and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in NRCS in Indiana.

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. The Scholars Program is open to students completing their senior year of high school and who score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT or 21 or higher on the ACT. Selected students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and major in a agricultural related fields, food or natural sciences, or other allied disciplines. Deadline for applications is January 15 of each year. This is a student employment program with non-competitive conversion eligibility. 

For more information about this program contact Daniel Phillips, Black Emphasis Program Manager for NRCS in Indiana or go to:

Black Emphasis Program Resources

Black History Links


Suggested Reading List of African American Women Authors

A list of links that will enlighten all on the contributions of African Americans, particularly African American women.

Black History Month: Events to Remember

Contact information

 For more information about the Black Emphasis Program, please contact Daniel Phillips at:  317-295-5871