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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Encourages Students to Apply for USDA Scholarships at Historically Black and Tribal Colleges and Universities

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Scholars Programs for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and tribal land-grant colleges and universities. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is encouraging students attending eligible Florida institutions to apply.

“With the Florida agriculture industry’s increasing need for professionals skilled in cutting-edge innovation and technology, it’s essential that we encourage the next generation to explore paths in agriculture, food, natural resources, and agricultural sciences,” said Commissioner Fried. “I encourage students in rural, tribal, and underserved communities to apply for these scholarships and work towards a bright future in agriculture that feeds our families, communities, and the world.”

Information on scholarships available:

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 in partnership between USDA and 19 historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Apply today.

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program was established in 2008 in partnership between USDA and 1994 institutions, tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Apply today.

For more information on these scholar programs, visit the USDA Minority-Serving Higher Education website. The USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement collaborates with historically Black land-grant colleges and universities, tribal land-grant colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions to promote equitable participation and support education and career opportunities. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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