USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

What is the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program?

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students to attend one of 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.

What does a scholarship under the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program provide?

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

  1. Full tuition;
  2. Employment with the USDA during the summer and after graduation;
  3. Employee benefits while employed with USDA;
  4. Fees;
  5. Books;
  6. Use of a laptop computer, printer, and software while on scholarship;
  7. Room and board for each of the 4 academic years.

What are the eligibility requirements for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program?

Eligibility requirements for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program are as follows: 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:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen;
  2. Be an entering freshman;
  3. Hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate;
  4. Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better;
  5. Have a combined verbal/math score of 1,000 or more on the SAT or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT;
  6. Attend one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions;
  7. Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines;
  8. Demonstrate leadership and community service;
  9. Apply for admission to the institution(s) of his or her choice;
  10. Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature;
  11. Sign all applications (original signature only);
  12. All application materials must be postmarked no later than February 1st and sent to the institution(s) selected by the applicant to attend.

What are the 1890 Land-Grant Universities?

The 1890 Land Grant Universities are:

  1. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL
  2. Alcorn State University , Lorman , MS
  3. Delaware State University , Dover , DE
  4. Florida A&M University , Tallahassee , FL
  5. Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  6. Kentucky State University , Frankfort , KY
  7. Langston University , Langston , OK
  8. Lincoln University , Jefferson City , MO
  9. North Carolina A&T University , Greensboro , NC
  10. Prairie View A&M University , Prairie View, TX
  11. South Carolina State University , Orangeburg , SC
  12. Southern University, Baton Rouge , LA
  13. Tennessee State University , Nashville , TN
  14. Tuskegee University , Tuskegee , AL
  15. University of Arkansas , Pine Bluff , AR
  16. University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
  17. Virginia State University , Petersburg , VA
  18. West Virginia State University , Institute, WV

What is the application deadline for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program?

The application deadline for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is February 1st  of each calendar year.

Where can an application for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program be obtained?

Applications for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program can be obtained at:

USDA/1890 Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250, Mail Stop 9478
Telephone number: (202) 205-5692
Email Address:

NRCS 1890 National Scholars Program Coordinator
Ms. Kimberly Rodgers
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705, Mailstop 5472
Telephone Number: (301) 504-2309
Fax Number: (301) 504-2175
Email Address:

USDA 1890 National Scholars Application

When are the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program applicants notified?

Notification procedures are as follows:

Scholarship offers are usually made within 90 days of application deadline.


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