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March 15th, 2023
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The USDA/1890 National Scholar Program is aimed at bolstering educational and career opportunities for students from rural or underserved communities around the country. It was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between USDA and the 1890 land-grant universities.

Webinar Series 

The USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement will host webinars to present information and answer questions about the 1890 National Scholars Program.


USDA Liaisons will present information on program eligibility, overview, award, fields of study and the selection process. The second portion of the webinar will be Q&A.


Webinar dates and times:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the webinar.



USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) manages the 1890 National Scholars Program, which is aimed at increasing the number of students from rural and underserved communities who study food, agriculture, natural resource and other related sciences. The scholarship provides recipients with full tuition, fees, books, room and board. Scholarship recipients attend one of the 1890 land-grant universities, and pursue degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. The scholarship may also include work experience at USDA. The program is a crucial part of USDA’s Next Generation efforts.

USDA awarded 126 1890 scholarships in Fiscal Year 2022, the most in one year since the program began in 1992.


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)


The Award
The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward a bachelor's degree.


General Eligibility
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service
  • Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
  • Submit a signed application (original signature only)
  • 21 ACT, 1080 SAT scores


Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is open to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college, and rising college sophomores and juniors.


The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program 2023 application period is open from January 15, 2023 to March 15, 2023

Please consult the applicant guidebook for detailed instructions on how to create an account and apply.


For Application Guidance: 

USDA 1890 National Scholars Application Applicant Guide

To view the 2023 E-application, please open the following link: 2023 E-application for the 1890 National Scholars Program


February 1st, 2023
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For more than 50 years, the Alabama Farmers Federation has provided scholarships to individuals preparing for careers in agriculture and agribusiness. Our goal is to support the next generation in their effort to improve Alabama agriculture.


The Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation will award up to 67 scholarships for $1,750 each to students majoring in agriculture or forestry at Auburn University and Alabama A&M University. 


Scholarship Requirements

Applicants of the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation Scholarship must:

  • Be a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation or under 25 years of age and the child of a Federation member.
  • Be a U.S citizen, exhibit good moral character and citizenship, and exhibit excellent academic potential.
  • Have been formally accepted by, and/or presently attending Auburn University, Alabama A&M University or Tuskegee University as a full-time student with a declared agricultural, forestry, or pre-veterinary major.
  • Submit a completed application including all requested materials by February 1, 2023.

Selection Process

  • Submit your application electronically by the February 1, 2023 deadline for consideration.
  • The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Committee will review applications and recommend county winners to county Farmers Federation boards of directors for approval.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified applications be given equal opportunity and that we base selection decisions on the merit of the application.

Receiving the Award

  • Alabama Farmers Federation Foundations pays $1,750 for tuition to Auburn University, Alabama A&M Foundations and Tuskegee University. The student’s university will officially apply credit to student’s tuition account.
  • Student and parents/guardians receive an invitation to an event formally recognizing scholarship winners.
  • Scholarships do not automatically renew each year, even if the student continues to meet all requirements.
  • Students must submit an application each year. Students applying for scholarship renewal may complete a separate “renewal application.” See links below.


Applications available are:

Up to $2,000

May 31, 2023
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We are offering a $1,000 -$2,000 scholarship to graduating African American High School Seniors who will be attending College/University or Trade School full-time in the Fall of 2022.


Criteria for Consideration:

  •  Be a graduating Senior in the class of 2022
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student at a College, University, or trade school during Fall 2022.

Interested Applicants Must Submit the Following by May 31, 2022:

  • A completed application
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: one (1) from a school official and one (1) from a community organization
  • Official School transcript
  • An essay of at least 500 words on the following theme: “Race Relationship in my hometown”

    The winner will receive their scholarship in the Fall of 2022 after submitting proof of full-time enrollment in a College/University or Trade School.



Letters of recommendation and official school transcripts can be emailed to amjlscholarship@gmail.com or uploaded here.


March 17th, 2023
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Fontana Transport is looking for first generation high school seniors who are underrepresented, need financial assistance and are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help out their family, community and themselves. We want to be able to find, sponsor, and guide leaders who are determined to succeed by all means possible regardless of their struggles, lack of sources and hardships encountered in the community they live in. We want to be part of a students' support system throughout their college career and guide them to a successful future.



Eligibility Description

Candidates must be:

  • Graduating high school

  • Pursuing a full time undergraduate degree in the United States at any 4 year accredited university by fall semester

  • Plan to study in any of the following concentrations:

    • Transportation Management
    • Math
    • Science
    • Engineering ( Any field of engineering)
    • Architecture
    • Environmental Design
    • Pre-Med
    • Psychology
    • Spanish Language/Literature
  • The student applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen, but they must have a minimum 3.5 weighted GPA and graduate a US high school in Spring or Summer.

  • All applicants will need proof of attending a 4 year university beginning Fall.

Additional Information

Letter of Recommendation by a faculty member is optional, but highly suggested.


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