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USDA announces 1890 National Scholars funding opportunity

The 2020 scholarship application cycle is open for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between the USDA and the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities, including Fort Valley State University. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. Currently, USDA and 1890 Land Grant Universities are providing scholarships to 109 students.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and college sophomores. General requirements include U.S. citizenship, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a score of 1080 or more on the SAT or 21 or more on the ACT, and acceptance to, or currently attending an 1890 University to study agriculture, food, and natural resources. The scholarship is renewable each year and is contingent on satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward a bachelor’s degree. Additional requirements are listed in the application package.

All application materials must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2020. Visit for the 2020 high school application and for the the 2020 college application. For other questions, email