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NIFA Awards $14 Million in Scholarships to 1890 Land-Grant Universities

KANSAS CITY, MO, April 23, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded 19 grants totaling more than $14 million to provide scholarships at 1890 land-grant colleges and universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s 1890 Scholarships Program, authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill.
“Today’s announcement signifies our continuing partnership with the 1890 land-grant universities to ensure the sustainability of our country’s agricultural future,” said NIFA Director J. Scott Angle. “We are pleased to support these important institutions as they develop the next generation of agricultural leaders.” 
The 1890 Scholarships Program provides scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training of undergraduate students at the 1890 land-grant institutions including Tuskegee University. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students at 1890 institutions to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields. By developing a highly skilled workforce, the 1890 Scholarships Program helps facilitate rural prosperity and economic development aligning with USDA’s strategic goals.
In fiscal year 2020, each of the 1890 land-grant colleges and universities received $752,632, totaling more than $14 million. The following institutions received awards:

  • Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland
  • Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma
  • South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia
  • West Virginia State University, Institute, West Virginia

Award grant details can be found on NIFA’s website.
NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA’s investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global preeminence of U.S. agriculture. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural sciences, visit or follow us on Twitter @usda_nifa, #NIFAImpacts.

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