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Scholarship Programs

Tribal Scholars Program

This scholarship is for applicants attending 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges and Universities seeking careers in agriculture and natural resource sciences, and/or other related disciplines. The aim of the Tribal Scholars Program is to strengthen a partnership between NRCS and 1994 Institutions, increase the number of students studying in agriculture and Agency-related disciplines, and to offer employment opportunities. The application period opens each fall, and closes in February. Please come back and check this website for additional application information in the fall. For Tribal Scholars Program information and application please visit either: 1) Tribal Scholars Application (pdf) or 2) Tribal Scholars Program (pdf).

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USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 18, 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions, to award scholarships for selected students to attend one of the 18 1890 Institutions in any field of study in the fields of agriculture, food sciences, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. For more information, please visit either: 1) the 1890 National Scholars Program website or 2) the 1890 Application.

Hispanic Public Service Leaders Scholarship

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Public Service Leaders Scholarship Program is designed to promote public service and create access to higher education for undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarships are operated by Hispanic Serving Institutions and the USDA and are for students interested in pursuing a career with USDA after graduation. For more information, please visit the USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program website.

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One of NRCS’ priorities and concerns has been to increase the diversity of its workforce through the hiring of students from various colleges and universities. The aim of the Asian Pacific Islander Scholars Program is to strengthen a partnership between NRCS and the Asian Pacific Islander community in an effort to increase the number of students studying in agriculture and Agency-related disciplines, and to offer employment opportunities and collaborations with this community. For more information, please visit the Asian Pacific Islander Program (pdf).

The Earth Team Volunteer Program

Although Earth Team Program is not a Scholarship Program, it does offer exciting opportunities for students seeking unpaid work in the conservation field. Students can fulfill their school’s community service requirements, earn academic credit, serve an unpaid internship, get resume building work experience or simply help the environment as a volunteer. You may apply to volunteer year-round. For more information, please visit the Earth Team Volunteer Program website.