What scholarships are available?
There are a wide variety of scholarships available to FFA members and students in agricultural education. Some scholarships are provided at the local level while others are at the national level.
Due dates below are approximate. Reach out to an advisor for more details. Start applications BEFORE the deadline.
What can I do to improve my chances of receiving a scholarship?
Scholarships are primarily awarded to individuals that do more than the average high school student and exhibit personal characteristics that are of good moral and value. Here are a few tips to improve your chances of receiving an FFA-related scholarship:
Participate in numerous and diverse FFA activities. Don't focus on just one aspect of FFA. Try out different Career and Leadership Development Events, attend leadership conferences, run for an office, serve on a committee, participate in community service, maintain a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), and apply for different FFA degrees. Now, not everyone has time to do EVERYTHING, but adding some diversity to your FFA resume and becoming a well-rounded individual will improve your chances.
Be sure to take the ACT and SAT.
FFA-related scholarships typically focus on careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Find what interests you and pursue a career in an ag-related industry. This will allow you to be eligible for numerous scholarship opportunities, however, this is not required for all scholarships.
Participate in activities outside of FFA, such as sports, drama, speech and debate, band, church-related groups, and other programs within or outside of school.
Become a leader in other organizations, such as STUCO, Business Professionals of America (BPA), etc..
Identify your values and who you want to become. Many scholarships ask essay questions relating to WHO you are. Define that ahead of time and it will make filling out applications much easier.
Research, research, research...there are tons of scholarships out there. They are not going to fall into your lap, you have to find them.
Start an essay question list. Open up a Google Doc and type all your scholarship essay questions in it. That way, you can easily apply for scholarships with similar questions without spending a large amount of time retyping what you already wrote.