National FFA Organization awards scholarships

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization and Foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,791 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 116 sponsors.

More than 8,300 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every five students who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships were available to students pursuing two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 16 percent of their class.

Local students who received the scholarship include:

• Madison Allison, Fairlawn High School FFA, $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.

• Brianne Buzard, Versailles High School FFA, $1,000 scholarship sponsored by AGCO Dealer/North Start Hardware & Implement Co.

• Ashley Dentinger, Anna High School FFA, $1,500 scholarship sponsored by America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders/Monsanto Fund.

• Elizabeth Landis, Anna High School FFA, $1,000 scholarship sponsored by ARGO Dealer/Prenger Implement Store Inc.

• Collin Peters, Versailles High School FFA, $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Built Ford Tough/Buckeye Ford Lincoln of Sidney.

• Mackenzie Wells, Anna High School FFA, $4,000 scholarship sponsored by CSX.

This year marks the 32nd year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $44 million has been awarded in scholarship funds through the National FFA Organization.

The selection process takes into account the whole student, including FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience, community service, leadership skills and academics.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to the recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2016, should email

Information for the 2017 scholarship program will be available on Nov. 15, 2016.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Staff report