USDA: A Surprising Source for Scholarships


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Scholarships

The USDA has an extensive list of scholarships for students majoring in agriculture, animal sciences, botany, horticulture, soil management, and other related disciplines. There are also a number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and business scholarships listed.

Use the search window at the top of the page for a keyword search to locate scholarships. We typed in “scholarships for women” then selected “ Only” from the sidebar on the Search page. We had 22 results returned. We ran a second search using “college scholarships” and had 18 results. If you click on “All USDA,” you will have many more results. We suggest that you re-run the search using a variety of search terms that apply to you (e.g., minority, disabled, LGBTQ, veteran, first-generation, nontraditional, your major, college standing, etc.). Each result is a link and a brief text clip from that link. When you click on a scholarship link, you will be taken to a page that may have more scholarship listings and links. (Some of these links are for Word, Excel, or PDF documents instead of web pages.) You will also find results and links for internships and fellowships.

Searching for scholarships on this site will especially benefit any students majoring in an area that falls under the purview of the USDA, and finding scholarship leads here is pretty straight-forward. You may have to do a little digging around to find all the scholarship links you want to look at, but if you’re majoring in any plant- or animal-related science or business, this site is very much worth exploring.

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