DEADLINE: Friday, January 31st, 2020
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Full Tuition + Fees, Books, Room & Board
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 1890 Land-Grant Universities. The USDA/1980 National Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellows Experience Program (FEP).
The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other related disciplines. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students accepted to or attending one of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic discipline(s).
The program is open to high school seniors, rising college sophomores, and juniors who exhibit exemplary leadership traits and demonstrated community service. The Scholarship is highly competitive and provides for full tuition payment, among other benefits, for up to 4-years to selected students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an 1890 Land-Grant University. Successful applicant will also receive a temporary appointment to the USDA, not to exceed 4 years. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and the end of the agreement period, the scholar may be eligible for conversion to permanent appointment in service to USDA without further competition, using the Conversion to Career Conditional Appointment Farm Bill 2018 (5 CFR 213.3102) authority code "ZLM".
All USDA/1890 National Scholars are required to compete for appropriate employment immediately after graduation and, if selected, commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. (Note: Specific details of this service requirement will be outlined in the service agreement entered into by the selected Scholar, the University at which the Scholar is matriculated, and the USDA Sponsoring Agency.)
The purposes of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program are:
● To strengthen the long-term partnership between USDA and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
● To increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, and natural resources sciences, or other related discipline(s).
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as fees, books, and room and board, reneweable each year for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must
● Be a U.S. citizen.
● Have been admitted to or be currently attending one of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities.
● Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
● Intend to study agriculture, food science, natural resource sciences, or other relateddisciplines
● Intend to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines.
● Demonstrate leadership and community service.
● Submit a current official transcript with the school seal and/or the signature of anauthorized school official (preferably through the most recent semester).
● Submit a 500-800 word essay describing (I) your interest in USDA, (2) how you envision the scholarship will impact you personally and your future as a public servant, and (3) your experiences and perceptions about agriculture, food, and natural resource sciences.
Only complete application packages submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020, will be considered. All application materials must be submitted in one application package. Complete application packages must include the following:
● Signed Privacy Act Advisory Statement and Release Form.
● Completed Biographical Questionnaire.
● Current resume.
● 500-800 word essay on the designated topics.
● Two letters of recommendation (one from either the Department Head, Dean, orVice President of your College or University, and one from a College or UniversityProfessor who has instructed the applicant).
● Official transcript with raised seal and/or the signature of an authorized college/university official.
● Original signed and dated application.
All documents must be submitted in one application package.
The application package must be postmarked by the application deadline, Friday, January 31, 2020. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the college/university prepares a current official transcript and that the transcript is submitted by the application deadline. All application materials must be originals, with original signatures, seals and/or stamps. Application materials containing photocopied signatures and transcripts will not be considered for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Scholarship.
Applicants are responsible for obtaining the Assessment Reports of the High School Counselor (pages 18-19) and the High School Teacher (pages 20-24). These Assessment Reports should be in a sealed envelope and included with the application package.
All application materials must have original signatures and seals/stamps. Application materials containing photocopied signatures and transcripts will not be considered for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship.
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