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DSU-CAST 1890 Agricultural Scholarship Program

Program Purpose 

Delaware State University’s College of Agriculture, Science and Technology (DSU-CAST) introduces the 1890 Agricultural Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training of undergraduate students at the 1890 land-grant institutions, resulting in baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences (see Appendix III for definition) and related fields. The scholarships are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)* intended to encourage outstanding students at 1890 institutions to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields that would lead to a highly-skilled food and agricultural systems workforce. 

By developing a highly-skilled workforce, the DSU-CAST 1890 Agricultural Scholarship Program is aligned with USDA Strategic Goal #4: Facilitate Rural Prosperity and Economic Development. 

Beginning Fall 2020, Delaware State University (DSU) will award these scholarships to individuals who: 

  1. Have been accepted for admission to DSU; 
  2. Will enroll at DSU no later than one year after the date of acceptance; and 
  3. Intend to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences, including a career in agribusiness, energy and renewable fuels, or financial management. 

Program Priority 

The DSU-CAST 1890 Agricultural Scholarship Program supports the enrollment and retention of students at 1890 Land-Grant Universities to: 

  1. Increase the number of graduates with baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields; and 
  2. Support Scholars’ intent on pursuing a career in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields in order to meet the technologically advanced needs of the 21st-century food and agricultural systems workforce. 

Examples of fields of study supported by this scholarship:

Agriculture
Agribusiness
Agriculture Education
Animal and Poultry Science
Equine Business Management
General Agriculture
Plant Science
Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Natural Resources
Environmental Science
Wildlife or Fisheries Management

Human Ecology
Dietetics
Food Science
Nutritional Sciences

AWARDS

Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at Delaware State University. Each award is renewable each year for the term of the scholarship and provides full tuition, and room and board. The scholarship renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and academic progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility Requirements

High School applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have applied for or have been accepted for admission to DSU
  • Have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate with a high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 unweighted (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Seek to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service

College applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Attend DSU
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service

To Apply:

Download and submit full application packet by mail, OR complete online application and mail supporting documentation by the deadline.

UPDATE: Electronic submission of supporting documentation is now available for teachers and school counselors. Please email required documents to:  DSUCAST1890Scholarship [at] desu.edu

DSU-CAST 1890 Scholarship Program Information Packet

DSU-CAST 1890 Scholarship Program application (Mail all requested supporting documentation by the deadline)

DEADLINE: June 19, 2020

*Funds for this scholarship are made available through Section 7117 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018.