USDA Scholarships Available for Future Agriculture and Natural Resource Science Majors

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – It’s that time of year again. High school seniors are preparing to begin their matriculation, and there’s no better way to prepare than to begin applying for scholarships. Community leaders, teachers, students, clergymen, friends and supporters, Prairie View A&M University is again partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture with one of the most exciting and important scholarship programs in the nation, the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is open to all incoming freshmen who will be attending one of the 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are considered Land- Grant institutions, who plan to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related disciplines.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, entering college freshman, hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have a combined verbal/math/written score of 1,500 or more on the SAT or a composite score of 21 or more on the ACT.  Applicants must also demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to help others through community service.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program award provides tuition, fees, books, employment, employee benefits, and the use of a laptop computer, printer and software while on scholarship. Room and board will also be paid for by the partnering university.

Each scholarship is contingent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the scholar’s academic degree program, there is an obligation of one year of service with pay to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for each year of financial support awarded.

USDA’s goal, through partnership, is to hire successful graduates into career positions in the department. Since the beginning of the National Scholars Program in 1992, USDA has funded more than 450 scholars, with forty-two having attended Prairie View A&M University.

Students interested in the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program must have applications postmarked no later than February 1, 2011. Visit http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/7076.asp or http://pvcep.pvamu.edu to complete an online application, print and submit to Horace Hodge, 1890 program manager, P.O. Box 2736, Prairie View, Texas  77446. Hodge can also be reached at 936/261-2521 or 202/302-4712 (voice); 936/261-9975 (fax) or email hdhodge@pvamu.edu.

Written by: Jalisa Jones, PVAMU Mass Communications Major

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