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1890 Scholarship Program

Beginning Fall 2020, West Virginia State University will launch new programs that will prepare students for careers in the food and agriculture industries. Applications are now being accepted for the 1890 Scholarship Program, which will provide funding for undergraduate students majoring in plant and soil science, agribusiness and agricultural economics. 

Funded by Congress and administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, scholarships will be made available to eligible students majoring in one of the following options and concentrations: 
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Option in Plant and Soil Science -- This option combines the fields of biology and chemistry with a practical understanding of crop and soil management. The program offers students technical knowledge in the areas of soils and fertilizers, pests and control procedures, and crop management. This is accomplished with lecture/discussion periods, hands-on lab activities, and visits to farms and natural resource sites.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Agribusiness -- This concentration is designed for students interested in acquiring academic and experiential learning skills specifically related to the agribusiness sector. In addition to specialty courses in this area, such as economic biology, agricultural economics, agricultural marketing, agricultural issues and policy, and agricultural finance and trade, students will obtain a strong background in other areas of business, including accounting, management and business law. The concentration incorporates various experiential learning activities, as well as a summer internship to gain the practical knowledge and skills necessary to proceed directly into the workforce or to continue on to graduate school.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics: Concentration in Agricultural Economics -- This concentration is designed for students who have an interest in obtaining academic and experiential learning skills specifically related to agricultural economics. Students take a broad range of economics courses in addition to four specialty courses: agricultural economics, agricultural finance and trade, agricultural issues and policy, and agricultural marketing. Students also take courses that provide basic knowledge in statistics, quantifying business decisions, accounting, business law and management. This concentration includes various experiential learning activities, as well as a summer internship.
Eligible students meeting all program requirements may receive full or partial scholarships, including coverage of costs such as tuition, room and board, and support for books and supplies. 


  • Accepted for admission to WVSU and enrolled no later than one year after the date of acceptance

  • Desire to study food and agricultural sciences or other related disciplines, majoring in the degree programs listed in the brochure

  • Intend to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences, including a career in plant-soil sciences, agribusiness or agricultural economics

  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at the time of application, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while receiving scholarship support

  • Be enrolled and maintain full-time student status at WVSU, in a program of study in the food and agricultural sciences or a related field leading to an undergraduate degree during each quarter/semester that the student receives 1890 Scholarship support
  • Completed FAFSA application. To learn how to complete a FAFSA application, watch this webinar from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:


Additional Application Requirements

  • Letter of recommendation from the high school counselor (high school seniors) or academic advisor (2-year college) to pursue these agricultural options and concentrations

  • 500–800 word essay describing the applicant’s interest and intent to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences or related field


Visit our Admissions website to learn more about the admissions process at State. The WVSU 1890 Scholarship is available as a searchable selection in the University's Scholarship Portal. More information about applying for scholarships is available on our Scholarships website

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