Earlier Deadline for 2017 USDA 1890 National Scholars Program Scholarship

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

The deadline for the 2017 USDA 1890 National Scholars Program Scholarship has been moved from its usual spring deadline to December 31, 2016.

Because the stakes are so high, George Richardson, USDA 1890 program liaison at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, suggests that students download the application and begin the application process immediately.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program awards scholarships to students attending one of nineteen 1890 historically black land-grant universities who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or related academic disciplines.

“Scholarships provide full tuition, fees, books, room and board each year for up to four years as long as normal progress is made toward a bachelor’s degree, which makes it one of the premier scholarships available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors,” said Richardson.

Recipients are selected by participating U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies and not the 1890 institution. Recipients apply for admission directly to the 1890 institution of their choice and then submit a scholar’s program packet to the attention of the USDA 1890 program liaison at the institution of their choice listed on the back of the application.

Each 1890 institution submits the packets of up to 12 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, said Richardson.

Application packets are posted on the web at http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/index.htm. Click on the application link near the end of the website.

For more information or help with the application process, contact Richardson at (870) 575-7241 or (870) 575-7240 or richardsong@uapb.edu or George.richardson@osec.usda.gov.

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