The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation have awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to 1,842 recipients, thanks to the generosity of 114 sponsors.
More than 8,800 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every five 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 3.77 on a 4.0 scale, and the average class rank was 23 out of 261.
This year marks the 34th year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $50 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.
The Louisiana scholarship winners:
Ethan Campisi, Kaplan FFA, Chevy Trucks. $1,000.00
John Carbalan II, Elton, America's Farmers Grow Ag, Leaders/Monsanto Fund. $1,500.00
Carrie Driskill, Homer High, Built Ford Tough/JPS Ford. $1,000.00
Jackie Effler, Ponchatoula, Chevy Trucks. $1,000.00
Brooklyn Hampton, Natchitoches Central, LaCrosse Footwear Inc. $1,000.00
Jeanne Menard, Kaplan FFA, Built Ford Tough/Acadiana Ford, $1,000.00
Matte Sonniere, Bell City FFA, NAPA Auto Parts. $1,000.00
Cutter Tonn, Lacassine FFA, Georgia M. Hellberg Memorial. $5,000.00