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1890 National Scholars Program - High School

U.S.D.A.

1890 National High School Scholars Program

United States Department of Agriculture

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Full Tuition + Fees, Books, Room & Board

DEADLINE: Friday, January 31st, 2020 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Full Tuition + Fees, Books, Room & Board

 

About 

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 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 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.

 

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". 

 

Purpose 

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). 

 

Award

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. 

 

Eligibility

 

 Be a U.S. citizen.

● Have been accepted for admission to an 1890 Land-Grant University.

 Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).

 Have a combined verbal/math/written score of 1,080 or more on the SAT (note: 1,000 or more combined for those universities that only accept verbal/math score) or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT.

 Intend to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines.

 Demonstrate leadership and community service.

 Submit the most recent official transcript with the school seal and/or the signature of an authorized school official.

 Submit a 500-800 word essay describing (I) my interest in USDA, (2) how I envision the scholarship will impact me personally and my future as a public servant, and (3) my experiences and perceptions about agriculture, food, and natural resource sciences.

  Submit a signed and dated application (original signature only).

 

Apply

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:

 

 Completed Privacy Act Advisory Statement and Release Form.

 Completed Biographical Questionnaire.

 Current resume.

 500-800 word essay on the designated topics.

 High School Counselor'sAssessmentReport (see page 18) in a sealed envelope.

 High School Teacher's Assessment Report (see pages 20-24) in a sealed envelope.

 Signed and dated application (including signature of parent of guardian, if the applicant is

under the age of 18.

 

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PDF - USDA 1890 Scholars High School Application

Contact

The Office of Advocacy and Outreach

1400 Independence Ave. SW

Stop 0601

Washington, D.C. 20250

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