The FFA offers more than $2 in scholarships and grants each year. Some of these awards are funded through the generous support of individuals or businesses, while others are funded through alumni donations. Some of the scholarships are available through local chapters while others are available at the national level. The amount of the national level awards varies.
In order to be considered as a candidate for one of the FFA scholarships, all applicants must meet eligibility criteria. The current eligibility criteria require that the applicant is a full-time student, who is currently enrolled in a college or university. Alternatively, the applicant can be a senior in high school. All students who apply during their senior year in high school must plan to attend a college or university that is located within the United States, after their graduation from high school. Furthermore, every applicant must be younger than 23 years old, be a resident or citizen of the United States, and be a member of the FFA organizations. Students who are not current FFA members can apply for scholarships using the same application form, and potentially receive funding through the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship.
Aside from the above criteria, there are few restrictions on who can apply for these scholarships. In general, the selection committee considered a number of criteria in order to fairly evaluate all applicants. As such, students are reviewed based on their who application, especially their leadership skills, FFA involvement, academic history, supervised agricultural experience, work experience, and their service to the community. Additional information about the eligibility and selection criteria can be found at this website.
In addition to the national grant, which was described above, FFA offers the Supervised Agricultural Experience Grant. This scholarship provides 149 students with a scholarship that is worth $1,000. Unlike the previous scholarship, this award is given primarily based on financial need. In addition, it is awarded to younger students.
In order to be eligible for the Supervised Agricultural Grant, all applicants must be enrolled in 7th through 11th grade. Additionally, each applicant must be able to show a high level of financial need and show proof of membership in FFA. All applicants should apply prior to the January 12th deadline. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here.
The application process for these grants is quite similar. Both awards require that students log onto the FFA.org website in order to apply. The national scholarship can be located from this website. Additional information is available for both awards once students log in. The deadline to apply for the national scholarship is Feb. 1st. During the application process, each applicant will be asked for their FFA member code. Since non-members can still apply using this application, despite the funding coming from a different source, non-members are should apply using a “community” account. This will enable them to complete their application without a membership ID number. Additional information, such as frequently asked questions and information about previous winners, is available on the website.