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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 financial support to recruit, engage, retain, mentor, and train 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)* and intended to encourage outstanding students at 1890 land grant 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. 

For the 2022 - 2023 academic year, Delaware State University (DSU) will award partial 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, agricultural, and natural resource 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
Textiles and Apparel Studies

Natural Resources
Environmental Science
Wildlife or Fisheries Management

Human Ecology
Dietetics
Food Science
Nutritional Sciences

AWARDS

Scholarships must be used at Delaware State University.  The partial scholarship amount is up to $3,000 depending on the student’s educational need. Scholarship re-award is contingent upon funding, scholar meeting all re-eligibility requirements, and satisfactory academic performance (SAP) towards the completion of a baccalaureate degree. 

Eligibility Requirements

High School applicants 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 3.2 unweighted (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Seek to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service

College applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Attend DSU
  • Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service

For more information, email us: DSUCAST1890Scholarship [at] desu.edu

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