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National Scholars Program: USDA Scholarships

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Full-tuition to Full-time Employment

Among the many scholarships offered by Tuskegee University, is the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS). The program is specifically for students pursuing an Agriculture or Agriculture-related bachelor’s degree. The scholarship provides full-tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship. The summer internship will convert to full-time employment with USDA after graduation.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is very competitive because of the large pool of potential applicants (from 19 participating universities) and the limited amount of money for the program. The eligibility requires High School applicants to be a U.S. citizen who has applied for or accepted admission at one of the nineteen 1890 Land Grant Universities. You must have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate with a high school GPA of 3.0 unweighted or better (on a 4.0 scale) and have a score of 1080 or more on the SAT or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT. Finally, the applicant must demonstrate leadership and community service.

The scholarship provides full-tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship. The summer internship will convert to full-time employment with USDA after graduation. The deadline to apply for the 2021 USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is January 31, 2021.

Last Year’s Winners

Tuskegee University had four students to graduate as USDA/1890 scholars for 2020 with a BS in Environmental Science. They are Capri Charleston, Caitlin Skinner, Jaeden Irving, and Ramses McKinstry. All are currently working with the USDA now that they have finished their studies at Tuskegee University. Capri Charleston and Jaeden Irving will be working at USDA NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service). Ramses McKinstry is working with the USDA FS (Forest Service). Caitlin Skinner is working with the USDA ARS (Agricultural Research Service).

For more information go to www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890or contact Rodney Stone, USDA Liaison of the Office of Partnership and Public Engagement at rodney.stone@usda.gov or call at (202) 306-9884.

For more about Tuskegee University CAENS scholarship, go online at www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/caens/caens-en-dowed-scholarship.

OTHER AGRICULTURE-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS TO APPLY FOR:

  • AGCO Agriculture Company Scholarship (1/15): $2,000
  • National Holstein Women’s Scholarship (2/1): $1,000
  • Annie’s Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship (3/15): $10,000

Submitted by Jacquelyn Carlisle

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