USDA 1890 National Scholars to Offer Full Rides at HBCUs

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a major effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions, to award scholarships to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.

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USDA 1890 National Scholars Qualified Field of Studies Agriculture Agricultural Business/Management Agricultural Economics Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics Agricultural Production and Technology Agronomy or Crop Science Animal Sciences Botany Food Sciences/Technology Forestry and Related Sciences Home Economics/Nutrition Horticulture Natural Resources Management Farm and Range Management Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science)

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the following universities:

Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University, Mississippi Central State University, Ohio Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University, Georgia Kentucky State University Langston University, Oklahoma Lincoln University, Missouri North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University, Texas South Carolina State University Southern University, Louisiana Tennessee State University Tuskegee University, Alabama University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University National Scholars Program General Requirements

To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:

Be a U.S. citizen Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines Demonstrate leadership and community service Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature Submit a signed application (original signature only) 1890 National Scholars Program Application Deadline

All application materials must be postmarked by Monday, April 11, 2016, and sent to the university (or universities) selected by the applicant to attend. (University addresses and contact information are included in the back of the application.)

Download the 2016 USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Application (High School)
Download the 2016 USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Application (College)

For any questions regarding the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, please contact:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
Office of Advocacy and Outreach
USDA/1890 Programs
1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Stop 0170
Washington, DC 20250

Telephone Number: (202) 205-4307
Fax Number: (202) 720-7136
Email: 1890init@usda.gov

For more information visit the 1890 Scholars Program website:http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/index.htm

Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA.gov).

Marcy’s Monday Minute: Dream the Impossible Dream

Often times I speak to youth about getting prepared for college, social media safety and healthy relationships and of the things I always stress is to follow your dreams.  While that may seem like a crazy thing to do (especially in this economy), the reality is you must love what you do and do what you love.  Our parents, grand parents, great grand parents, etc did what they “had to do” and not wanted to do.  Martin Luther King Jr, said it best when he said…

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


I guess your saying, so what does that mean.  Well, one it means to put your best into everything you do at all times.  Whether you are a street sweeper, employee at a fast food restaurant or CEO at large corporation, you must always put your best into what you do. You never know who is watching you and that very person that you help or do a little extra something to assist may be the very person to help you get into college, get a job or some other financial blessing.  Two, do what you love – let your passion (not profit) drive your decision on what college to choose, career, etc.  Finally, research, research, research…Goolge, Yahoo jobs, Facebook, etc are full of career ideas.  Just type in what you like to do and let your dreams go to work.

In the meantime, dare to dream the impossible dream for nothing is impossible with God.

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Marcy’s Monday Minute: Who the Heck are You? What Can You Do for Me??

Who the heck are you and what can you do for me??  A question often asked by employers, colleges and potential business partners.  Whether you’re promoting yourself to get a job or starting your own business, branding is essential helping you find your own unique niche in this over crowed marketplace. But, how do I brand ME, is the $50,000,000 question.  Mistake #1 – DO NOT focus all of your energy in one thing – that is sure to lead to a dead end.
#1:   A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Now, I guess you’re thinking, it’s just me and I’m not starting a business, so why do I need a logo?  Individuals, businesses, websites and blogs can benefit from developing a logo that is memorable and interesting to viewers.  Your logo can be as simple or complex as you like. For example, think of the lowercase “f” that immediately brings Facebook to mind. The reason why logos are so important in the branding process is that people tend to remember images more vividly than they remember words and names, so if you can create a visual representation of yourself or your business that really stands out, you’ve already accomplished half of the branding battle.
#2:   Focus on Making Genuine Connections
I like to think or networking as a bowl of spaghetti.  All pieces must touch, but as you start to wrap them around the fork (you), that when you see the full benefit of having them all together.  Networking is something that if done properly will not only bring all your noodles together, but allow you to hold up the meat sauce without losing a drop.  What I mean is, networking is your support – I will help you to grown, build connections and strengthen your most important product, YOU!  Every blog you read, every business card you hand out should be with someone that you have a common interest and can provide a small nugget that will help you to get to the next level.  Building relationships is key to overall success.
#3:   Consistency is Key!
Consistency, uniformity, readability – every piece of information or form of communication you send out, should have a consistent look and feel that makes it identifiably yours. If there’s a particular font you favor, use it on your blog and your business card. Place your logo everywhere. Always refer to your business by the same official name. You simply can’t have one kind of identity online and a different one in the real world – it will work against your branding efforts and leave people confused, or worse, disinterested.
#4: Choose Unconventional Items to Promote Yourself
When it comes to promoting yourself, don’t limit yourself to the old standards like letters, postcards or flyers. Instead, you can make a real impact by choosing less expected items, like door hangers, magnets or custom stickers. I went to a networking event where a woman gave out packs of coffee with her information on the back and that was her business card. She was in the coffee/tea distribution business and that small gesture not only introduced me to her product, but every time I pick it up I think of her and can actually remember the conversation.  When was the last time you found a door hanger on your front door that was promoting a blog or website rather than a restaurant or carpet cleaning business? Wouldn’t you remember it if you had? Case closed.
The bottom line is branding doesn’t have to be a hard – it’s about your creativity and the message you want to bring forward.  It’s all about self promoting.
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