1890 Farm Bill Scholarship


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The Tennessee State University 1890 Farm Bill Scholarship Program seeks to provide scholarships that support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring and training of undergraduate students pursuing the following areas in Tennessee State University’s College of Agriculture: Agribusiness, Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC), Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Food and Animal Sciences, and Food and Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics).

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 that will lead to a highly-skilled food and agricultural systems workforce.

The program is open to high school seniors, currently enrolled or college transfer students who demonstrate academic excellence, extraordinary leadership traits, and a commitment to community service. The scholarship is highly competitive and provides full tuition and room and board for up to four years to selected students accepted or already enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Tennessee State University.


To be eligible for the College of Agriculture 1890 Farm Bill Scholars Program, students must:

• Be an eligible participant. Any individual receiving Federal funds from this program must be a citizen or national of the United States. 

• Be accepted to one of the College of Agriculture academic programs.

• Intend to pursue a career in food and agricultural sciences, including a career in agribusiness, energy and renewable fuels, or financial management. 

• Have a minimum cumulative 3.2-grade point average (GPA) at the time of application and maintain at least a 3.2 on a semester and cumulative basis while receiving the scholarship.  

• Be enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible major and concentration, and as being registered for a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester, in courses outlined in the respective program of study and approved by the student’s academic advisor. 

• Complete the Privacy Act Advisory Statement Release Form and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


To apply for the Farm Bill Scholarship Program, fully complete the on-line form here: TSU Farm Bill Application.

To complete the on-line form, the Authorization to Release Records form needs to be attached.

Complete online application packages must include the following:

1. Biographical information;
2. Education;
3. Essay of 500-800 words describing the applicant’s interest and intent to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences or related field; 
4. Current official transcript with the school’s seal and/or signature of an authorized school official (preferably through the most recent quarter/semester); 
5. Two letters of recommendation; 
6. ACT and/or SAT scores; and, 
7. Applicant’s Authorization to Release Academic Information form. 

For more information about the College of Agriculture 1890 Farm Bill Scholars Program, please contact:

Everett D. Jolley
Director of Recruitment & Retention
(615) 963-6478 (Office)


This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Scholarships for Students at 1890 Institutions  Program [2020-38430-31299]. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) or the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA).