The application deadline to be selected as a U.S. Department of Agriculture/1890 National Scholar has been extended to Friday, March 14.

The application deadline to be selected as a U.S. Department of Agriculture/1890 National Scholar has been extended to Friday, March 14.


Launched in 1992, the program awards scholarships to students attending 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities and pursuing bachelor’s degrees in agriculture, food or natural resources sciences or related academic disciplines.


USDA/1890 National Scholars receive tuition, room and board, books, fees and the use of a laptop and software while on scholarship. As long as normal progress is made toward a bachelor’s degree, the scholarship continues for up to four years.


Recipients are not selected by the 1890 institutions. Recipients apply to the 1890 institution of their choice and then submit a scholar’s program packet. Each 1890 institution can submit up to 10 packets of qualified candidates to the USDA office of Advocacy and Outreach, which contacts the USDA agencies who make the final selections.


Students are not restricted to applying to only one institution; they can apply to multiple institutions, but each packet submitted must contain original signatures and transcripts or it will be disqualified.


When the program began, applicants had to be incoming freshmen, but now the program is open to entering sophomores or juniors exhibiting leadership and community service and junior college or second-year college students transferring to a four-year institution.


Application packets are posted on the web at www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890. For more information, to receive a packet or for help with the application process, contact George Richardson, USDA 1890 program liaison at 870-575-7241; 870-541-0047 or richardsong@uapb.edu or George.richardson@osec.usda.gov.