UAPB freshman named USDA/1890 scholar

Daniel C. Perry, a freshman at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff., has been named a U.S. Department of Agriculture /1890 scholar.

A native of Marianna, Perry graduated from Lee High School as an honor student with a 3.79 grade point average and was ranked eighth out of 83 students.

He is now an agricultural economics major at UAPB. The USDA National Agriculture Statistic Service is the sponsoring agency for Perry’s award. He said he is honored to receive the scholarship and is glad to have the opportunity to attend college in his home state. USDA/1890 scholars must attend one of eighteen 1890 land-grant institutions.

While on scholarship, Perry receives tuition, room and board, fees, books and use of a computer. As long as normal progress is made toward a bachelor’s degree, the scholarship continues for up to four years, said George W. Richardson, USDA/1890 program liaison at UAPB.

USDA/1890 scholars must major in agriculture or related sciences, he said. Those sciences include agronomy, animal science, botany, fisheries, game or wildlife management, food or crop science, agricultural business, engineering, production or technology, forestry, home economics, nutrition, human development, horticulture, pre-veterinary science and computer science.

Richardson said a great aspect of the scholarship is employment. Students have a job with USDA employee benefits during the summer and upon graduation.

Previously active in the Rural Farm Youth Program and the Lee County 4-H Club, Perry is continuing to be active in similar groups at UAPB. He is a member of Minorities in Agriculture, National Resources and Related Sciences, 4-H Club and the Honors College.