Wyoming FFA Foundation announces scholarship offering
by Wyoming FFA Foundation
January 23, 2013
The Wyoming FFA Foundation, a 12-member board that works to enhance the FFA experience for 2,053 Wyoming FFA members who belong to one of over 50 Wyoming FFA chapters, is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship offering.
"We at the Wyoming FFA Foundation believe it’s important to offer scholarships to graduating FFA members who’ve proven their ability to set and achieve goals and need help pursuing their college dreams," says Becki Dale, Wyoming FFA Foundation Scholarship Chairperson. "Similarly, we offer scholarships to FFA members who are enrolled in college. We’re able to make this annual offering thanks to private donors and companies and fellow non-profit groups that support Wyoming FFA’s goals and mission."
Among this year’s offerings is the Andrea Lohr Live by Faith Scholarship. Lohr, former Kentucky FFA President and the wife of former National FFA Officer Matt Lohr, lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Amidst life’s biggest challenges Andrea maintained a positive attitude while inspiring others. Matt and Andrea Lohr touched many Wyoming lives over the years through their involvement in FFA and their talent delivering motivational speeches. Ron and Julie Rabou, friends of the Lohrs who live in Cheyenne, launched this scholarship by making an initial donation and challenging others to do the same. The scholarship will be presented to an FFA member who shares his or her story of how someone has made a positive difference in his or her life.
Friends of Agriculture Industry and Recreation (F.A.I.R.) is once again partnering with the Wyoming FFA Foundation to offer a scholarship to an FFA member who has multiple years of experience exhibiting projects at the Wyoming State Fair. Applicants will be asked to share their State Fair experience.
The Wyoming FFA Foundation is also gathering scholarship applications on behalf of the Wyoming Ag Business Association. The Association will present a $500 scholarship to a student continuing his or her higher education in Wyoming.
With support from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., scholarships are being offered to students pursuing natural resources studies. A priority is given to those students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in the University of Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center. Students who take classes from the UW Reclamation and Restoration Center leave college better prepared for work reclaiming Wyoming land following a disturbance or development.
Beyond the college scholarships, two entities that support Wyoming FFA are helping ensure the program’s members can attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). WLC familiarizes FFA members with the nation’s capitol while helping them build their leadership skills and strive for personal growth. Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Basin Electric sponsor this offering, which will help four FFA members attend the Summer 2012 conference.
A portion of the Wyoming FFA Foundation’s scholarship offering is dependent upon annual donations. If you’d like to join the effort to help Wyoming FFA members achieve their college goals please contact Jennifer Womack, Wyoming FFA Foundation Executive Director, at 307-351-0730.
Complete details, including application materials, are available from FFA Advisors across Wyoming or online at www.WyoFFAFoundation.com. Scholarship recipients will be announced during the Wyoming FFA Convention to be held April 8-11, 2013, in Cheyenne. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2013.
The mission of the Wyoming FFA Foundation is to support the Wyoming FFA and ensure the program’s ability to continue making a positive difference in students’ lives by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Together, agriculture education and the FFA prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to help the agriculture industry grow and thrive. Wyoming FFA Foundation programs are targeted at the 2,053 FFA members and countless agriculture education students in 51 high schools across Wyoming.