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USDA names 13 Southern University students 1890 Scholars, largest number in university history

The United States Department of Agriculture has named 13 Southern University students as 1890 National Scholars.


“With the selection of 133 scholars at 19 universities, Southern University received the second largest number of scholars,” said Allison Johnson, USDA National Outreach Coordinator-East and Southern University’s USDA Liaison. “This is the largest number of scholars selected to attend Southern University in 30 years.”


  • Samuel Andrews of Ruston, Louisiana, majoring in plant and soil sciences
  • Trinity Bridge of Brandon, Mississippi, majoring in human nutrition and food
  • Nigel Cole of Dallas, majoring in agri-business
  • Tori Eddie of Memphis, majoring in animal science
  • Bradley Hall of Frisco, Texas, majoring in plant and soil science
  • Karrington Hall of Baton Rouge, majoring in animal science
  • De’Aree Harris of Memphis, majoring in plant and soil science
  • Amahry Jackson of Newellton, Louisiana, majoring in agri-business
  • Christian Jacobs of Baton Rouge, majoring in an agri-business
  • Odel Kimble of Gonzales, Louisiana, majoring in urban forestry
  • Clarise Preston of Baton Rouge, majoring in agri-business
  • Kennede Thomas of Baton Rouge, majoring in animal science
  • Julien Williams of Goodyear, Arizona, majoring in civil engineering


“It is significant that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recognized the strength of the 1890 land grant universities to produce the next generation of USDA officials throughout the U.S.,” Johnson said. “This partnership exemplifies a tangible commitment to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Agriculture by selecting the students that have excelled academically and possess the skills and abilities to become future leaders of our country in the agricultural sector.”


The USDA’s 1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 through a partnership between the 1890 Land-Grant Universities and the USDA to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food sciences, natural resource sciences, and other related disciplines.