The mission of the Land-Grant system is to teach, conduct research and provide outreach. The system was initiated by President Abraham Lincoln with the passing of the Morrill Act of 1862. A second Morrill Act was passed in 1890 to grant freed slaves and African Americans access to Land-Grant institutions in Southern States. The passage of this bill brought educational opportunities in technical, military and agricultural sciences to the general working class population who had no other access to higher levels of learning.
USDA selects scholars based on recommendations of participating 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University. The 1890 Land Grant Institutions include: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University, North Carolina A&T University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Southern University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.
For 2009, the following 23 USDA/1890 National Scholars were selected: Kenneth Blackson, Jr., Winnsboro, La.; Vincent Brazelton, Jr., Huntsville, Ala.; Kimble Brown, Jr., Delmar, Md.; Sebastian Cartwright, Pocomoke City, Md.; Lea Claye, Beltsville, Md.; Clyde Ellis, Jr., Surry, Va.; Keith Gauff II, Zachary, La.; Kelly Hall, Berlin, Md.; Candace Harvey, Brundidge, Ala.; Jonathan Heard, Olive Branch, Miss.; Justin Holley, Huntsville, Ala.; Joshua Kim, Muskego, Wis.; Sean Kirkland, Waynesboro, Ga.; Kenyatta Lawyer, Hardeeville, S.C.; Jessica McAfee, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Michelle McIntyre, Talsassee, Ala.; Travis Miller, Opelousas, La.; Alana Rhone, Texarkana, Texas; Sydney Smith, Kansas City, Mo.; Jerrod Turner, San Antonio, Texas; Christen Watson, Oklahoma City, Okla.; DaJaynae Williams, Jarrat, Va.; and Merica-Wheesuk Xiong, Cassville, Mo.
For more information about the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, contact Carl Butler, Program Manager, USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, at
(202) 720-9238 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to access the application, visit the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program webpage at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/1890programs.html. Applicants should save the application to their computer, complete the form, and mail it to the USDA/1890 Agricultural Liaison Officer at the 1890 University of choice.