USDA/1890 National Scholars Program in USA, 2015

Applications are invited for USDA 1890 National Scholars Program available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors. All USDA/1890 National Scholars are required to compete for appropriate employment immediately after graduation and if selected, commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellows Experience Program (FEP). Scholars accepted into the program will be appointed using the Schedule A(r) authority (5 CFR 213.3202) and are not eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full time employment upon graduation. However, all USDA/1890 National Scholars are required to compete for appropriate employment immediately after graduation and, if selected, commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. (Note: Specific details of this service requirement will be outlined in the service agreement entered into by the selected Scholar, the University at which the Scholar is matriculated, and the USDA Sponsoring Agency.). Scholarship is available for pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the following universities: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi, Central State University, Ohio, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Georgia, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Oklahoma, Lincoln University, Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas, South Carolina State University, Southern University, Louisiana, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, Alabama, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines: Agriculture, Agricultural, Business/Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics, Agricultural Production and Technology, Agronomy or Crop Science, Animal Sciences, Botany, Food Sciences/Technology, Forestry and Related Sciences, Home Economics/Nutrition, Horticulture, Natural Resources Management, Soil Conservation/Soil Science, Farm and Range Management and other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science).
Who can apply to this scholarship? To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:
· Be a U.S. citizen
· Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
· Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land
· Grant Universities.
· Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
· Demonstrate leadership and community service
· Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature
· Submit a signed application (original signature only)
Benefits of the scholarship: Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board for the term of the scholarship.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Scholarships are awarded for up to 4 years. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.
Number of scholarships: Not Known

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