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1890 National Scholars Program


USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

March 1, 2024

full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, and books for up to 4 years


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:

  • February 15, 2024 @ 7:00 PM EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

  • February 15, 2024 @ 7:00 PM EST (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

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 100 1890 scholarships in Fiscal Year 2023.


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 a minimum of 21 ACT, 1080 SAT scores
  • 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 at least 2 letters of reference
  • Submit completed application


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 December 15 through March 1, 2024!

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


For Application Guidance: 


To view the 2024 E-application, please open the following link: 2024 E-application for the 1890 National Scholars Program


USDA/1890 Programs

Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
1400 Independence Ave.,
Washington, DC 20250

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