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2009 Collegiate Scholarships – Apply Now!

Each year the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships sponsored by numerous businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation. There are different types of scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants, and FFA awards scholarships for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  FFA takes into account the whole student—academics, FFA involvement, SAE, community service, leadership skills and work experience. The 2009 application is now available on our website, along with the 2009 Scholarship Guidebook in PDF format. You’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions and a list of Ford dealers participating in the scholarship program. For more information, visit or e-mail


Watch FFA Today Every Wednesday!

The FFA Today television show is now on every Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST on the RFD-TV network! It’s new each week with a fun format and cool stories that you can use for classroom activities or chapter meetings. You can also watch the episodes on And if you sign up for our RSS feed, they’ll download every week, so you won’t miss a thing! Want to show off your chapter? Videotape your special activities and send us your story. Email for more information.


National FFA Week Resources

The National FFA Week chapter mailing will arrive in early December. And we’ve got a treat for you! In the mailing this year, we’re including a DVD that not only includes FFA Week promo spots you can use at your school or local TV station, but it also has the “Step Up, Stand Out” theme song video, the Stars video and much, much more! Plus, will soon be updated with logos, templates and tons of great resources. Log on!


2008 National FFA Convention – A Year of Alumni “Firsts”

With more than 54,000 FFA members and guests from across the country assembling in Indianapolis from October 22-25, the national FFA convention set the perfect stage for the 37th National FFA Alumni Convention. This year’s convention offered a series of firsts: the National FFA Alumni Association raised nearly $199,000 for scholarships, hosted a fun and engaging booth filled with displays and competitions for students, and provided a live webcast that brought high impact workshops and alumni sessions to everyone who could not attend the convention. To learn more about the Alumni Association, contact Frank Saldana at 317-802-4292.


Changes to Proficiencies for 2009

There are 47 official award areas for 2009, with the following changes:

  • Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance split into two categories:
    • Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Entrepreneurship
    • Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement
  • Aquaculture is no longer a sponsored award area. Aquaculture applications will now be put into Specialty Animal Production award area.
  • Veterinary Medicine – Entrepreneurship/Placement. This is a new award area for 2009 and was previously located in Small Animal Production and Management. Proficiency applications have been updated with the Veterinary Medicine award area in the drop down listing
  • Wildlife Production and Management combined into one area, Entrepreneurship/Placement


Descriptions of all 2009 proficiency award areas are located on the proficiency home page at Please contact Rosalie Hunsinger at 317-802-4255 for more information.


National FFA Wins Excellence Award

The National FFA Organization recently won the BKD Indiana Excellence Award for its online convention registration. FFA had been named a finalist in the nonprofit/government category and won the category and then the overall award. FFA will be featured on the cover of Indiana Business magazine with an article devoted to the online convention registration project. The BKD Indiana Excellence Awards honor business process improvements in companies and organizations located in Indiana. This is the second time the National FFA Organization has swept these awards. For more information, visit the News & Media web page on


Visit and Click Everyday!

Don't forget to visit and click on the red barn. Campbell's Soup Company created this great campaign to benefit FFA and our future agricultural leaders. You can log on and click everyday! And make sure to forward to friends, family and fellow supporters.