Thanks to the generosity of 115 sponsors, the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 1,884 recipients.
More than 8,300 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 3.76 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 16 percent of their class.
This year marks the 33rd year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $47 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. Information for the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.