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USDA 1890 Scholars Program

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and West Virginia State University. 

The program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree at one of the nation's 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.

Current WVSU rising sophomores and juniors, as well as high school students accepted to WVSU, may be eligible to apply. Learn more about eligibility requirements here.

  The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program recipient benefits include:
  • Full tuition, fees, books, room and board (renewable for four academic years)
  • Internship Employment
  • Employee benefits (health, dental and life insurance, vacation time, holiday pay, etc.) 
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 Resource Management
  • Soil Conservation/Soil Science
  • Farm and Range Management
  • Other related disciplines...

Learn more and apply here.


Allison C. Johnson
USDA National Outreach Coordinator-East
Acting Southern University USDA Liaison
Acting West Virginia State University USDA Liaison
Office of Partnership & Public Engagement
United States Department of Agriculture
Mobile: (202) 302-7255
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