USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

Application DEADLINE February 1, 2015
Please Note: Only 2015 USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Applications will be considered.
(Previous versions of the Scholars Program Application will not be considered.)

Program Overview

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.)

The USDA/1890 National 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 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
  • West Virginia State University


The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences and the related disciplines. 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
  • Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science)

The Award
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. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

General Eligibility
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)

Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program 2015 Application DEADLINE: February 1, 2015

All application materials must be postmarked by February 1, 2015 and sent to the university (or universities) selected by the applicant to attend. (University addresses and contact information are included in the back of the application.)

For any questions regarding the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, please contact:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
Office of Advocacy and Outreach
USDA/1890 Programs
1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0170
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone Number: (202) 205-4307
Fax Number: (202) 720-7136

Single Moms University is currently ENROLLING!

Single Moms University will resume classes Saturday, January 18th on the campus of Innovation Church 3925 Overton Crossing, Memphis TN 38128. On-site registration will be from 8am to 10 am.

Classes are free and open to single moms in Memphis/Shelby County.  2014 Class schedule is attached and registration is online at


Questions may be directed to Ashley Grayson 901-213-6861.

Nicole Gates

Executive Director

Successful Single Moms Memphis


The West Memphis Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is recruiting for its Annual Stepping Into College Step Show.  The show will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014  3:00 p.m. at Wonder Elementary School, 801 S. 16th West Memphis, AR.  Each year we invite several acts to complete for awards and bragging rights.  We also have exhibition performances by members of the Divine 9.

Our main goal is to provide high school students with information about college/university admission requirements.  We do so by offering an opportunity for students to  speak with admission representatives.  We hope that you will join us this year.  Additionally, proceeds are utilized for scholarships.

It was a pleasure speaking with you this morning.  For more information, please contact Robin Williamson at 503-6253 or me at the email provided below.  We sincerely thank you for your time and support.

Best regards,

Tracye LaBattes Parker
President, West Memphis Area Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship – Deadline:February 15, 2014

Through its Education and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.  Click on the link for additional information (
Timeline for 2013-2014 Application Process
·        October 15, 2013 – Application Available for Review Only
·        November 1, 2013 – Application Live
·        February 15, 2014, 5pm (ET) – Application Due
·        April 30, 2014 – Notification of application status via email
·        May 1 – May 31, 2014 – Second Round, Regional Interviews
·        June 15, 2014 – Final Selections Announced
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Application will be available for review only on October 15, 2013. It will be live online on November 1, 2013 through February 15, 2014
To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:
·        Be a graduating, minority high school senior;
·        Plan to attend an accredited and approved four–year institution within the United States;
·        Show leadership potential;
·        Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
·        Present evidence of financial need;
·        Be a United States citizen;
·        A minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 22; and
·        Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.
Application Components
The required components of the Jackie Robinson Foundation application are:
·        A completed and submitted online application;
·        One (1) letter of recommendation submitted online only
·        SAT or ACT scores sent to the Foundation directly from the testing agencies. The Foundation’s college codes are: SAT 4248/ACT: 6570.
·        You will need to have a copy of your SAT or ACT scores and your latest high school transcript in order to complete the questions on the online application.
Mailing Materials
We will not accept the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship application or supporting documents via mail, email or fax. Applications and letters of recommendation will only be accepted via our online application program.
Applicants invited to interview with one of the regional committees will be required to bring copies of the documents listed below to the interview.
·        Official high school transcript
·        Proof of U.S. citizenship
·        Student Aid Report


Streets Ministries is currently accepting application for our Summer Institute Program. Summer Institute is a five week writing intensive program with oral communication, life skills, and math intertwined. Any sophomore or junior who has a least a GPA of a 2.7 may apply (BTW, Kingsbury, Middle College High).  The program runs from May 28, 2013 until June 28, 2013. They will spend four weeks at the University of Memphis campus, and the final week at the University of Alabama campus. Participants will also receive a stipend for their participation.  If students are interested they can pick up an  application from Streets Ministries. Streets Ministries is located at 430 Vance Avenue.

If they have any questions, or for a complete list of schools, they may contact me at or via phone at 901-830-5749.

The due date for the application is Friday, March 8, 2013.

Carmen Coleman
Streets Ministries