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1890 Scholarship Program

Preparing Students for Successful Careers in Food and Agriculture

The 1890 Scholarship Program, authorized by the United States Congress in 2018, provides students a pathway that prepares them to be successful in and significantly contribute to careers associated with these vital industries. 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. New students who are interested in majoring in the following degree programs may be eligible to apply for the scholarship:

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
    • Agriculture Business and Economics
    • Agricultural Education
    • Animal Science
    • Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    • Plant and Soil Science
    • Environmental Science
    • International Agriculture Certificate + BS Degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Family, Child and Community Service
    • Textile, Apparel and Merchandising Management (TAMM)
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
    • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

All land-grant institutions share the tripartite mission of Teaching, Research and Extension. The College of Agriculture at VSU offers a comprehensive education in food and agricultural sciences.


  • Accepted for admission to VSU and enrolled in the semester of acceptance
  • Desire to study food and agricultural sciences within the degree programs listed in this brochure
  • Intend to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences, including careers in industry, research, education and professional services
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at the time of application and a SAT: 1000 or above (if SAT is available at the time of application). Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while receiving scholarship support
  • Be enrolled and maintain full-time student status at VSU in a program of study in food and agricultural sciences within the College of Agriculture, leading to an undergraduate degree during each semester that the student receives 1890 Scholarship support


  • Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor (high school seniors) or academic advisor (2-year college) about applicant’s ability 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


Please fill out the application below. The application deadline is June 22, 2020. Applications should be emailed with required additional documents to Dr. M. Ray McKinnie at or Sylvia D. Jones at

1890 Scholarship Program Application

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