Mr. James E. Tatum Scholarship Award

 The 2019 NOPBNRCSE Scholarship Application Packet is Now Available

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 25, 2019

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The National Organization of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees (NOPBNRCSE) is also known as The Organization. The Organization's Scholarship Program named Mr. James E. Tatum — is committed to providing college scholarships to deserving students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related fields. Applicants must be currently enrolled, or planning to attend one of the following 1890 universities:


The purpose of the Mr. James E. Tatum Scholarship Program is to:
  • Strengthen the long-term partnership between The Organization, USDA, and 1890 institutions.
  • Increase the number of students studying agriculture, natural resource sciences and other related disciplines.     


The Organization offers a limited scholarship (there will be a one year waiting period of one year for individuals who have previously received the scholarship) fund to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor’s degree at one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions. The field of study must be in the area of agriculture, natural resource sciences, or related disciplines. Studies must be in the following:



The Award

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded annually to students who attend one of the listed 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions.

Who May Apply

Applicants who are U.S. citizens, have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate, and are starting and/or already enrolled in one of the listed colleges or universities for Fall semester, may apply for the scholarship. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.80 grade point average, to be considered.



To download a copy of the NOPBNRCSE Scholarship Application: James E Tatum Scholarship Program 2019.pdf.


Application Deadline

Only complete application packets will be accepted. This includes the Application Packet, Official/Certified Transcripts, and Two (2) Letters of Recommendations. If the applicant fails to submit all of the required documents, the application will be ineligible for review. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Friday, October 25, 2019.


General Eligibility

The Applicant Must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an entering freshman, or already enrolled at a college or university as of the fall semester/quarter for the 2018 school year.
  • Hold a High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • Have a High School/College GPA of 2.80 or better.
  • Attend one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions listed above.
  • Study Agriculture, Natural Resources Sciences, or other related fields.
  • Submit a completed Application Form (this form is fillable and can be submitted electronically by pressing 'Submit' at the end of this packet. Make sure your application is complete.)
  • Submit a copy of an official or certified high school or college transcript. All transcripts should come from the current institution or most recent institution attended. (Attach to email for electronic submission).
  • Submit two (2) Letters of Recommendations (Attach to email for electronic submission).
    • one from a Teacher, Professor, Counselor, etc., and
    • one from a Community Leader
  • Sign application where applicable (electronically sign all areas of application packet).   


Send Completed Application and All Required Documents to:

Kevin Norwood, HBCU Scholarship Committee Chair



Scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2019 Outreach and Agriculture Education Expo in Atlanta, Georgia from December 6 - December 8, 2019.

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