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USDA 1994 Tribal Schloars Program


Apply now! USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program
Deadline: Sunday, February 5, 2017

ABOUT

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1994 Tribal Scholars Program is an employment program that offers a combination of work experience and academic study leading to career positions within USDA. The program is designed to integrate classroom study with paid work experience. The program is conducted in accordance with a planned schedule and a working agreement between USDA agencies, student, and the 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities. The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the long-term partnership between USDA and the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; to increase the number of students studying and graduating in food, agriculture, natural resources, and other related fields of study; and to develop the pool of scientists and professionals to annually fill 50,000 jobs in the food, agricultural, and natural resources system.

BENEFITS

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program will provide full tuition, paid internship, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a degree at a 1994 tribal land-grant institution that culminates in bachelor’s degree at a 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Institution or other University:

COMMITMENT AFTER SERVICE

All USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program recipients are required to compete for appropriate employment immediately after graduation and, if selected, commit to at least one year of service at USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. (Note: Specific details of this service requirement will be outlined in the service agreement entered into by the selected Scholar, the University at which the Scholar is matriculated, and the USDA Sponsoring Agency.)

ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS

  • High school seniors entering their freshman year of college OR rising college sophomores and juniors who are accepted or enrolled at a 1994 Tribal College or University.
  • Have been accepted for admission or currently be attending one of the thirty-four 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities.
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better. Scholar must maintain a GPA of 3.0 per semester once awarded a scholarship.
  • 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)

MAJORS IN DEMAND


  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Business/Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics
  • Agricultural Production and Technology
  • Agronomy or Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Botany
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Sciences/Technology
  • Forestry and Related Sciences
  • Home Economics/Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Soil Conservation/Soil Science
  • Farm and Range Management
  • Other related disciplines, (e.g. non-medical biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine)

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

All application materials must be postmarked or sent by Sunday, February 5, 2017. Make submissions via e-mail to 1994@osec.usda.gov OR send to the following address:

Office of Advocacy and Outreach
USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250-0603

If you have questions regarding the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program, please contact us.
E-mail: 1994@osec.usda.gov
Telephone Number: (202) 720-6350
Fax Number: (202) 720-7136

USDA PROGRAM GOAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1994 Tribal Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the long-term partnership between USDA and the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions to increase the number of students studying and graduating in food, agriculture, natural resources, and other related fields of study, and to develop the pool of scientists and professionals to annually fill 50,000 jobs in the food, agricultural, and natural resources system.

AUTHORITIES

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program is implemented under the USDA Fellows Experience Program (FEP). Scholars accepted into the program will be appointed using the Schedule A(r) authority (5 CFR 213.3202) and are not eligible for noncompetitive conversion to full time employment upon graduation.

This program offers a combination of paid work experience with a USDA sponsoring agency through an appointment under the Fellowship Experience Program (FEP). FEP will permit the recruitment and selection of exceptional students majoring in agriculture related fields of study at USDA partner colleges and universities. Under the FEP, students will fill Excepted Service positions, receive mentoring, and be provided developmental assignments. These temporary appointments will be made using the Schedule A in 5 CFR 213.3102(r) and may not exceed 4 years based on defined criteria.