Local students receive National FFA scholarships
Eleven graduates from area high schools are among the 1,645 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. Currently 127 sponsors contribute more than $2.1 million to support scholarships for students.
Jennifer Alvord of the Jourdanton FFA, Theresa Fenner of the Falls City FFA, Lauren Kirkland of the Seguin FFA, Taylor Penshorn of the La Vernia FFA, Austin Rogers of the Nixon-Smiley FFA, Taylor Shearer of the Pleasanton FFA, and Alexis Wagner of the East Central FFA each earned a $1,000 Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough scholarship. The 2013 scholarship recipients were selected from 6,116 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA, and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education, and future goals.
Shelby Eckhardt of the Seguin FFA received a $2,500 Mahindra USA Women in Ag Scholarship Program scholarship. Shelby plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station majoring in pre-vet/vet sciences. The Mahindra scholarships were created for the purpose of helping young women sustain family farm values and a rural lifestyle through a career in agriculture.
Luke Jimerson of the Falls City FFA received one of 10 $2,500 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. scholarships. This Toyota scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural engineering or agricultural science/technology.
Brooke Kosub of the East Central FFA received a $1,000 Tractor Supply -- Growing Scholars scholarship. “This scholarship is supported nationally by each of the more than 1,150 Tractor Supply stores Feb. 15-24, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers donated $1 at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members.” Tractor Supply has been a sponsor of the National FFA Foundation for 27 years.
Megan Van Der Knapp of East Central FFA of the East Central FFA received a $1,000 AGCO Dealer scholarship. A total of 120 scholarships were awarded.
“The young men and women involved in FFA are the future of the agricultural industry and are the key to feeding the world whether they return to the family farm after college or get involved with other areas of agriculture,” said Jason Marx, vice president of marketing at AGCO.
“Agriculture constantly faces new challenges and provides new opportunities, and these scholarship recipients are the future of our industry, thanks in part to the role FFA has played in their lives,” Marx said.
Jimerson, Wagner receive scholarship
Luke Jimerson of the Falls City FFA and Alexis Wagner of the East Central FFA have each received an $18,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship. Seventy four-year scholarships were awarded this year in Texas. Recipients must be in the top one-fourth of their graduating class and cannot have applied for a scholarship through Texas 4-H or FCCLA.
A scholarship evaluation committee, chosen by the Texas FFA officials, and consisting of agricultural science teachers representing the 10 FFA areas in Texas, evaluates applicants on academic ability, FFA involvement and achievement, financial need, and leadership. The scholarships will be awarded in mid-July at the state FFA convention.
Fenner receives Wallrath scholarship
Theresa Fenner, a member of the Falls City FFA, is a recipient of a $10,000 Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation Scholarship, through the generous donations of Richard Wallrath. The scholarship is awarded through the Texas FFA Association scholarship application process in the spring of each year. The winners will be honored during a scholarship luncheon at the annual state FFA convention in July. These scholarships are disbursed over eight semesters of college attendance. In order to maintain eligibility, scholarship recipients must be enrolled full time and maintain a 2.0 current and cumulative grade-point average (GPA) at a selected accredited Texas college or university.