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USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Has a Lifetime Impact
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“The 1890 National Scholars Program played a crucial role in shaping my future career, education and life goals,” said Epps, who recently started his new career as a soil conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Brunswick, Georgia. “This experience solidified my commitment to pursuing a career in agriculture.”
Epps’ passion for taking care of the land started with his lawn mowing business in Port Gibson, Mississippi. That led to him to growing squash and other vegetables to help feed his community.
“I learned about the 1890 National Scholars Program while attending a USDA summer program at Alcorn State University,” said Epps. “The program’s focus on supporting students pursuing agricultural degrees aligned perfectly with my aspirations.”
Epps was selected for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program his sophomore year and interned with NRCS in Georgia in 2021 and 2022.