The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 1890 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 may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full time employment upon graduation. Successful applicants will receive a temporary appointment to the USDA, not to exceed 4 years. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and the end of the agreement period, the scholar may be eligible for conversion to permanent appointment in service to USDA without further competition, using the Conversion to Career Conditional Appointment Farm Bill 2018 (5 CFR 213.3102) authority code "ZLM".
All USDA/1890 National Scholars are required to commit to at least one year of service with the 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 eligible universities.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Applicants must study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines and demonstrate leadership and community service. Applicants must submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature and a signed application (original signature only).