USDA/1890 Scholar Program Opportunity Announced

Monday, November 11, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program, is now accepting applications for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. Selected scholars are awarded full tuition and fees. The scholarship also covers books, room and board.


“The agriculture industry accounts for nearly 22 million jobs in the United States,” said Dr. Louis Whitesides, executive director of 1890 programs. “Advanced technology plays a major role within the industry and other ag-related fields, so it is important that our young students, who are innovative and tech-savvy, are provided with opportunities like the USDA/1890 scholars program to advance not only their careers but also take agriculture to a whole new height.”


High-school seniors entering their freshmen year of college, college sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Community College and transfer students are eligible to apply as well. High-school applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a minimum SAT score of 1080, or a minimum ACT score of 21 and have been accepted to an 1890 institution. The applicant must major in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. College applicants are required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply only and major in agriculture or agriculture-related field.


“The USDA 1890 Scholar program is a golden opportunity for students who are seeking a degree and career in the agriculture field. The scholarship can have a major impact on a student’s education and career because the program pays the student’s tuition, fees, meals and housing for up to four years,” said Travis Johnson, USDA 1890 program liaison. Selected students are required to intern with the sponsoring agency each summer. After graduation the student is converted to a full-time employee if he or she successfully completes the required academic and summer work requirements of the program, noted Johnson.


The scholarship program established between USDA and current 1890 programs aims to increase the number of agriculture, food, natural resource sciences and other ag-related disciplines amongst 1890 schools.


High school students should complete the 2020 high school application and college students should complete the 2020 college application by January 31, 2020. Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed by the deadline to the university(ies) of interest. For more information or help applying to the 1890 UDSA scholarship, contact Travis Johnson, USDA 1890 program liaison at (202) 596-4442 or travis.johnson@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.