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1890 National Scholars Program - College


1890 National College Scholars Program

United States Department of Agriculture

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Full Tuition + Fees, Books, Room & Board

DEADLINE: Sunday, January 31st, 2021

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

Website: https://www.usda.gov/partnerships/1890NationalScholars 



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/1890 National Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellows Experience Program (FEP). Scholars accepted into the program will be appointed using the Schedule A(r) authority (5 CFR 213.3202) and may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full time employment upon graduation. Successful applicants will 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 USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree.



  •  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 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, 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 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)


Who Should Apply?

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



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. 


Apply Now!


CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PDF - USDA 1890 Scholars College Application


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