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USDA Accepting Applications for 1890 National Scholars Program

The Program aims to bolster educational and career opportunities for students from rural or underserved communities.

Kristen Kazarian

December 15, 2023

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1890 National Scholars Program applications open
There are 19 universities that are part of the 1890 National Scholars Program.Image courtesy of Kevin Dodge / The Image Bank via Getty Images

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program, which aims to encourage students at 1890 land-grant universities to pursue food and agriculture career paths. The application deadline is March 1, 2024.

Students around the country are invited to complete and submit their applications online through an e-application. Administered through USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE), the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is available to eligible high school seniors entering their freshman year of college as well as rising college sophomores and juniors.

“The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program helps to create a pipeline of skilled employees for USDA and the United States agriculture sector,” said Lisa Ramirez, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement director. “By introducing young people to the array of needs and priorities in food, agriculture and natural resources, the program supports USDA’s efforts to provide career opportunities for the next generation of leaders in food and agriculture.”

The Program is a partnership between USDA and the 19 historically Black land-grant universities that were established in the Morrill Land Grand Act of 1890 (see the list below). USDA partners with these 1890 universities to provide scholarship recipients with full tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Scholarship recipients attend one of the 1890 universities and pursue degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines.

The scholarship also includes work experience at USDA through summer internships. Scholars accepted into the program are eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a permanent appointment with USDA upon successful completion of their degree requirements by the end of the agreement period.

USDA awarded 100 1890 scholarships in Fiscal Year 2023.

Program Information

These are the (19) 1890 universities:

  • Alabama A&M University

  • Alcorn State University, Mississippi

  • Central State University, Ohio

  • Delaware State University

  • Florida A&M University

  • Fort Valley State University, Georgia

  • Kentucky State University

  • Langston University, Oklahoma

  • Lincoln University, Missouri

  • North Carolina A&T State University

  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas

  • South Carolina State University

  • Southern University, Louisiana

  • Tennessee State University

  • Tuskegee University, Alabama

  • University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

  • Virginia State University

  • West Virginia State University

Study Disciplines

  • USDA 1890 National Scholars are required to study one of the following disciplines:

  • Agriculture

  • Agricultural Business/Management

  • Agricultural Economics

  • Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics

  • Agricultural Production and Technology

  • Agronomy or Crop Science

  • Animal Sciences

  • Botany

  • Food Sciences/Technology

  • Forestry and Related Sciences

  • Home Economics/Nutrition

  • Horticulture

  • Natural Resources Management

  • Soil Conservation/Soil Science

  • Farm and Range Management

  • Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science)

Learn more and apply online at USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. For more information, contact [email protected].

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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