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1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program

There are 35 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.

The USDA 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program ensures that tribally controlled colleges and universities, the 1994 land-grant institutions, and the Native American communities served by these schools equitably participate in the USDA workforce as employees and have access to USDA programs, services, and resources. There are 35 1994 institutions, and each support research, education, and extension programs that enhance local agriculture and food production.


The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program seeks to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related disciplines.

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program combines classroom study with paid work experience that leads to employment at USDA. Through this program, USDA seeks to boost the number of students studying and graduating in food, agriculture, natural resources, and other related fields of study, and help build the pipeline of future agricultural scientists and professionals.  The program also strengthens USDA partnerships with 1994 land-grant institutions.

The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, and books each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline at one of 35 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.

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)

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.

 

Trainee and Scholarship Opportunity - Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

The Food Production and Conservation Business Centers (FPAC) has 10 paid training positions, each of which it will provide a scholarship through the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship Program. These are intended to lead to permanent employment with the United States Department of Agriculture.

The training opportunities are specific to disciplines and specific locations. These are listed below.

The scholarships are the same, providing USDA funding for tuition, fees, and books to help you meet the qualifications for the positions listed below.

A. Student Trainee Soil Conservationist – 7 Positions
Duty Locations:
Vacaville, California
Salina, Kansas
Culbertson, Montana
Devil’s Lake, North Dakota
Holdrege, Nebraska
Coville, Washington
Lancaster, Wisconsin
Desired Majors and Academic Level: Sophomores to Juniors
Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Agronomy, Environmental Science or related with disciplines with Plant and Soil Science curriculum/a.
Salary: Trainee GS 2/3/4
Trainee Information
1994 Program College Student Application

 

B. Student Trainee Range Conservationist – 2 Positions
Duty Locations:
Sells, Arizona
Buffalo, Wyoming
Desired Majors and Academic Level: Sophomores to Juniors
Range science, range management
Salary: Trainee GS 2/3/4
Trainee Information
1994 Program College Student Application

 

C. Student Trainee Engineer – 1 Position
Duty Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Desired Majors and Academic Level: Sophomores to Juniors
Civil or agricultural engineering
Salary: Trainee GS 2/3/4
Trainee Information
1994 Program College Student Application

Application Package: Please fill out the attached application, which includes a personal essay, two letters of reference, and your transcripts.

DUE DATE: October 8, 2021

Send to either:
Email: 1994@usda.gov
Mail: Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship Program United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20250

 

Scholarship Opportunity - Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

The USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) is recruiting for three 1994 students. These are scholarship for service-type opportunities where FAS will train students for positions and pay for the scholar’s tuition, fees, and books. The paid summer training will occur in Washington, DC and FAS will provide travel to and from the duty station and will provide housing during that time with other FAS interns.

The Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) lead agency in international activities to develop foreign markets for U.S. agriculture. The FAS is primarily responsible for improving foreign market access for U.S. products by collecting and analyzing data on world agricultural production, policy, and trade competition. The Agency advances the growth of U.S. agricultural exports through market intelligence, trade policy, trade capacity building, and trade promotion programs. It also publishes information to U.S. farming and business interests on agricultural commodities in the global market. The FAS also administers USDA export credit guarantees and food aid programs.

Duty Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Desired Majors: Ag Economics/Management/Marketing; Information Technology; Statistics, Agriculture, Ag Business, Ag Production and Technology and International Trade and other 1994 Institutions majors. Please inquire.
Due Date: October 12, 2021
FAS Information
1994 Program College Student Application

Application Package: Please fill out the attached application, which includes a personal essay, two letters of reference, and your transcripts.

Send to either:
Email: 1994@usda.gov
Mail: Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship Program United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20250

 

Scholarship Opportunity - Forest Service (FS)

The Forest Service has two positions for which it will provide a scholarship and training through the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship.

The scholarships are the same, providing USDA funding for tuition, fees, and books. The scholarship has a paid training component, too. These opportunities are specific to disciplines or to interests in the specific field – see the public affairs position.

Scholarship 1: The first scholarship is for students in Information Technology. This training opportunity will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Scholarship 2: The second scholarship is in Public Affairs. This training opportunity will be in Great Falls, Montana.

Due Date: October 12, 2021
New Mexico - IT Scholarship
Montana - Public Affairs Specialist
1994 Program College Student Application

Application Package: Please fill out the attached application, which includes a personal essay, two letters of reference, and your transcripts.

Send to either:
Email: 1994@usda.gov
Mail: Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
USDA 1994 Tribal Scholarship Program United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20250

 

 


 

Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship

USDA fellowships are available to faculty and staff at 1994 land-grant tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). These fellowships target and address mutual areas of interest between 1994 land-grant TCUs and USDA and provide training about resources and opportunities available at USDA. This uniquely tailored experience brings together 1994 tribal land-grant faculty/staff and federal executives to address the spectrum of challenges faced in the development of a well-prepared American Indian and Alaska Native workforce. In addition, the fellowships offer the opportunity to develop collegial relationships with others at 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities and USDA through which collaboration and mutual learning can take place.

This fellowship is available to 1994 TCU faculty and staff working in the areas of agriculture, conservation, natural resource, science, or community development to broaden and deepen their understanding of USDA and to further advance the development of their school’s land-grant function.

Important Dates

  • March 1, 2021 – All materials must be received by this date
  • May 2021 – Fellowships are awarded

Program Dates

  • June 20, 2021 – Travel to Washington, DC
  • June 21 - June 25, 2021 – Education and High School Fellowship
  • June 21 - July 2, 2021 – Science Fellowship 

Additional Information


USDA - 1994 Leadership Group

The USDA - 1994 Leadership Group is comprised of an equal number of USDA Mission Area decision-makers and 1994 Land-Grant Institutions president members. The 1994 Land-Grant Institutions make up the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).  The leadership group meets face-to-face yearly to ensure that USDA programs and services are accessible to the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions.  Further, this group meets to ensure that USDA Mission Area representatives understand the uniqueness of and issues affecting these schools, most of which are tribally-controlled. 


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CONTACT US

Lawrence Shorty
Program Director
Phone: 202-720-7265
Email: Lawrence.Shorty@usda.gov

USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program
Phone: 202-720-6350
Email: 1994@usda.gov