Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
High school seniors and college freshman, sophomore and juniors wondering how they are going to pay off their student loans may want to consider being named an U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1890 National Scholar, said George Richardson, USDA 1890 program liaison at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The National Scholars Program awards scholarships to students attending one of nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land Grant Universities and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or related academic disciplines.
Students receive full tuition, room and board and a summer job with USDA while in college. When the program began in 1992, applicants had to be incoming freshmen, but now the program is open to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate leadership and community service, said Richardson.
Applicants submit their application packets directly to the 1890 institution of their choice and then the institution submits the scholar’s program packet directly to the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach, which contacts the USDA agencies who make the final selections. Each institution can submit up to 12 packets, said Richardson.
Application packets are posted on the web at http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890.htm. Then, click on the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities link.