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Scholarships to USA American Indian and Alaska Native College and High School Students to Study Disciplines Related to Agriculture and Food

USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program


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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/10/23 Save

Grant Description
Scholarships to USA American Indian and Alaska Native college and high school students to study disciplines related to agriculture, natural resources, and food. Applicants must attend an eligible college or university. In addition to the scholarships, students will also engage in paid summer work experience that leads to employment at the USDA. Applicants must attend one of the 36 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities.

There are 36 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities (also known as “1994s”), designated as land-grant institutions through the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. For reservation communities, these 1994 land-grant institutions help improve the lives and career opportunities for Native students and the communities at large. 1994 institutions support research, education, and extension programs that enhance local agriculture and food production.

Scholars accepted into the program will be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a permanent appointment with USDA upon successful completion of their degree requirements by the end of the agreement period. (5 CFR 213.3202) (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018- Section 12519).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The USDA 1994 National Scholar is required to:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Must enroll, be currently enrolled in a 1994 Tribal College degree program or have
recently finished a 1994 Tribal College associates degree program.
- Must also plan to enroll in a four-year degree granting institution the sponsoring
Agency may require if the degree program does not exist at the 1994 Tribal College or
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA once under scholarship.
- Have demonstrated leadership and community service.
- Submit an official transcript with a school seal and/or the signature of an authorized
school official.

Additional Geographic Information:

36 1994 institutions:

Pre-Application Information
The 1994 Tribal Scholar Program 2023 application period is open from February 10 to April 10, 2023.

If selected, scholars must commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. The details of this requirement will be outlined in the service agreement for the scholar, their university, and the USDA sponsoring agency.

Estimated Size of Grant
The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year.

Term of Contract
Scholarships are available for up to 4 years. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For any questions regarding the 1994 Tribal Scholar Program, please contact:

Lawrence Shorty
Program Director
Phone: 202-720-7265

USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program
Phone: 202-720-6350

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