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1890 National Scholars Program

United States Department of Agriculture

1890 National Scholars Program

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities

January 31st, 2023

Full Tuition + Fees, Books, Room & Board


The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.


A scholarship under the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provides:

  • Full tuition
  • Employment with the USDA during the summer and after graduation
  • Employee benefits while employed with USDA
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Use of a laptop computer, printer, and software while on scholarship
  • Room and board for each of the 4 academic years


Eligibility requirements:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate and are starting their first year of college for a bachelor's degree. (Note: Since this program is intended to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines at participating institutions, currently enrolled bachelor-level students in these institutions are not eligible to apply.) 

Applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be an entering freshman;
  • Hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate;
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • Have a combined verbal/math score of 1,080 or more on the SAT or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT;
  • Attend one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions;
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines;
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service;
  • Apply for admission to the institution(s) of his or her choice;
  • Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature;
  • Sign all applications (original signature only);
  • All application materials must be postmarked no later than February 1st and sent to the institution(s) selected by the applicant to attend.


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