Each year the National FFA organization awards more than $2 million in scholarships to members. There are many types of scholarships to fit the many types of FFA members.
Scholarships are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. Different awards may be used at colleges, universities and postsecondary agricultural programs.
Annually, the Kansas FFA Foundation awards more than $10,000 in scholarships to Kansas FFA members through state programs. The scholarships are sponsored by numerous agricultural businesses through the National FFA & Kansas FFA Foundations, and new scholarships are added every year.
Jim Patry Agricultural Education Scholarship
Eligibility: Former FFA members who are college juniors studying agricultural education in Kansas. Must have been a member of the Kansas FFA Association. Preference w ill be given to applicants who have keen interest in agricultural education and its importance to perpetuating the profession. Priority will be given to those students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, exhibits good character and moral traits, and have excelled scholastically during college and high school.
Award: One $1,000 scholarship, non-renewable. The scholarship will be paid in two equal installments of $500 at the beginning of the fall semester and $500 at the beginning of the spring semester, which will depend on satisfactory scholastic performance.
SPONSOR BIO: Rick Malir is sponsoring this Agricultural Education scholarship in honor of Jim Patry, his former Agricultural Instructor. Rick and Jim are committed to providing scholarships benefiting students in agriculture and supporting the educational opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in agricultural education. Rick grew up on a family farm near Wilson, Kansas where he spent his youth raising cattle pigs and wheat. He served as the 1983-1984 Kansas FFA President and the National FFA President in 1985-1986. Rick currently is the President and Co-Founder of City Barbeque, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio.
Ford Truck Scholarship
As part of Ford Motor Company’s ongoing commitment of $1 million in annual support to the National FFA Foundation, Midwest Ford Dealers are sponsoring more than 75 scholarships worth $1,000 each for Kansas FFA members who are high school seniors or current college students. Scholarships are awarded based on agricultural and leadership experience, in addition to academic performance.
The scholarships are part of the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program. The program is equally funded by Ford Motor Company and Ford dealers and has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to more than 5,000 FFA members since 1997.
To apply, visit www.ffa.org and complete the Ford Truck Scholarship application.
Remember to visit your local Ford Dealership to obtain the required dealer signature and code!
Questions? Contact the Kansas FFAFoundation office at (785) 410-2576
Kansas FFA Alumni Upper Level Agricultural Education Scholarship
Eligibility: College students majoring in agricultural education who will complete their student teaching in the coming spring or fall, enrolled in a college or university that offers a program of study in agricultural education. Preference will be given to applicants who have intentions to become an agricultural teacher. Priority will be given to those students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, alumni involvement, exhibits good character and moral traits, and have excelled scholastically. Students may only receive this scholarship once.
Award: Two $500 scholarships, non-renewable will be awarded to one student in both the spring and fall block. The scholarship is to be used toward tuition and fees associated with being a college or university student preparing to be an agricultural teacher.
SPONSOR BIO: Charted as an Alumni Affiliate in 1971, The Kansas FFA Alumni are supporters of the FFA who work to aid the association in student recruitment, scholarships, camps, conferences, and other personal development programs. Parents, past FFA members, community members, and agricultural supporters come together to secure the promise of FFA and agricultural education and create an environment where people and communities can grow to their fullest potential.
National FFA Scholarships
The National FFA Website website is located at: https://www.ffa.org/programs/grantsandscholarships/Scholarships/Pages/default.aspx
Orscheln Farm & Home Stores
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors of Kansas, who plan to attend a four-year program or a two-year program with the intention of transferring to a university or college majoring in agriculture in the state of Kansas. Must have been 4 year member of the Kansas FFA Association. Preference will be given to those applicants who have a keen interest in the family farm and its importance to society. In addition, the applicants should have demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, exhibits good character and moral traits, and have excelled scholastically during four years of high school. Financial needs will be a factor in the selection process only when qualification of two or more applicants is considered equal or similar. The selection committee will consider the general areas of Orscheln Farm & Home Stores when making their selections.
Award: Eight scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable. The scholarship will be paid in two equal installments of $500 at the beginning of the fall semester and $500 at the beginning of the spring semester, which will depend on satisfactory scholastic performance.
SPONSOR BIO: Orscheln Farm and Home (www.orschelnfarmhome.com) supplies agricultural goods for the farm and home through its Midwestern retail stores. With over 160 locations in nine states, Orscheln offers animal feed and health items, livestock and pet supplies, as well as such people products as clothing, sporting goods, lawn and garden care items, hardware, automotive supplies, and plumbing and electrical equipment. Kansas stores are in the following locations: Arkansas City, Atchison, Basehor, Coffeyville, Colby, Concordia, Dodge City, El Dorado, Garden City, Goddard, Goodland, Great Bend, Hays, Hutchinson, Independence, Iola, Junction City, Lawrence, Louisburg, Manhattan, Marysville, McPherson, Newton, Ottawa, Parsons, Phillipsburg, Pratt, Salina, Smith Center, Topeka, and Wellington.
Midwest Ford Dealers Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships
Eligibility: Current FFA members – freshmen, sophomores or juniors - planning to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. Preference will be given to those applicants who have shown exceptional contributions to their chapter and community. In addition, the applicants should have demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, exhibits good character and moral traits, and have show excellence in their scholastic endeavors. Financial needs will be a factor in the selection process only when qualification of two or more applicants is considered equal or similar.
Award: One $1,000 scholarship, non-renewable. Payment of scholarship will occur after student attends the conference.
SPONSOR BIO: Midwest Ford Dealers is a branch of the Ford Motor Company. As a partner of the National FFA Foundation, Ford currently sponsors the Washington Leadership Program. By supporting this program, Ford will encourage and stimulate a deeper connection to the value and importance of service and leadership. T oday, the company puts an emphasis on fostering an inclusive culture that is free of barriers, and in which all employees feel comfortable, valued and able to contribute to their fullest, in order to build high-performing, collaborative teams across its global business. This inclusion of diverse perspectives within Ford will help to effectively deliver innovative products that satisfy customers' wants, needs and desires.