As many college students understand, the expense of tuition, room and board, and books can really stack up while acquiring your degree. That is why FFA has stepped up to help students achieve their dream through scholarships. The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation recently announced their 2020 scholarship winners. FFA awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to 1,323 recipients, thanks to the generosity of 103 sponsors.
More than 6,800 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every four 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 3.82 on a 4.0 scale.
This year marks the 36th year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $50 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, academics, and financial need.
“FFA members are the next generation of leaders who will change the world. We are excited to be able to support them on the next steps in their educational journeys,” said Michele Sullivan, senior manager of local engagement for the organization.
A list of recipients is available on the FFA scholarship webpage, which can be found here. Recipients are listed first by the states in which their high schools are located and then alphabetically by student first name.
Information regarding the 2021-22 FFA Scholarships program will be available on the scholarship website beginning Oct. 1, 2020.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters throughout the U.S.