Update November 2011

2012 scholarship application goes live Nov. 15
The National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants. The 2012 online scholarship application and helpful tools will be available at www.ffa.org/scholarships on Nov. 15. This year, our top three scholarship sponsors are Ford, Cargill and AGCO. Review eligibility requirements in the 2012 Guidebook, also available on www.ffa.org/scholarships on Nov. 15. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 15, 2012. A completed signature page, postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2012, is required to complete eligibility.

Relive the 84th National FFA Convention
The final gavel may have been tapped, but you can still catch all of the excitement of convention online. Visit ffa.org/convention for video, photos, articles, interviews and more.

Reminder: PALS resources now online
Go to ffa.learn.com to find all of the updated, free PALS lessons. These are great to use in your chapter’s mentoring program to increase both the mentor’s and mentee’s agricultural literacy and leadership skills. Email pals@ffa.org with questions.

NEW! Grant opportunity to help fight hunger
FFA is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, FFA: Food For All! Chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs. Applications are due Dec. 15. Project concepts include, but are not limited to, community gardens, raising broilers or tilapia, and educational outreach. Visit the FFA: Food For All grants website for additional information. Grants are provided through funding from Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

SAE grant applications due
Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) grant applications must be postmarked by Nov. 15. These grants are awarded to FFA members in grades seventh – 11. They are intended to encourage members to participate in SAEs and support younger members who cannot further develop their SAEs because they do not have the financial resources to do so. More than 100 grants will be awarded in all career pathways and are $1,000 each. Further information and the application/rubric can be found on the SAE Grants webpage on ffa.org.

Stay connected with FFA through the Beyond High School e-newsletter
The Beyond High School e-newsletter is the best way for FFA members to stay up-to-date and informed on programs, conferences, opportunities, jobs and internships available through Collegiate FFA, National FFA Alumni and other groups and organizations. Sign up today.

Plant a tree for change
The 4-H Million Trees Project invites all FFA chapters to join with thousands of 4-H youth to plant trees to slow global climate change. Kids love this set service-learning project because they can get dirty while learning about the importance of trees in climate crisis, energy management, erosion control, habitat creation and more. Since spring 2008, more than 38,000 4-H youth in 45 U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and Caribbean and East African nations have planted more than 277,000 trees! Visit www.4hmilliontrees.org to learn about 4HMT, complete the secure online form and join the project. Question? Email 4hmilliontrees@gmail.com.

Mapping your future
FFA chapters are encouraged to consider partnering with their local 4-H extension educator and applying for a 2012 Esri 4-H ArcGIS Grant. The application deadline is Dec. 1. The grant guidelines and application can be found at www.esri.com/4-H. Esri’s ArcGIS technology is used by many industries to make decisions and model our world. See how Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is used in multiple industries. For sample career videos, go here. Questions? Contact Esther Worker, eworker@esri.com or 303-449-7779.

LAST CHANCE - Child hunger curriculum and limited grants available
Eighty FFA chapters have already signed up for the free Child Hunger Ends Here innovative project-based learning activity that engages students in grades seventh - 12 to learn about and fight child hunger. We’re looking for at least 20 more chapters to sign up! A 10-step curriculum guides students through the process. They learn about child hunger, create a cause marketing plan to activate in their communities and submit results in a national competition. Enrolled classrooms/groups receive classroom/group access to USA TODAY’s electronic edition for project research. Winning team members and the teacher each receive an iPad 2; the winning classroom gets a celebratory luncheon. Contest rules apply. Visit USA TODAY’s Education webpage for details. Enter the code “FFA2011” after your school/chapter name in the online enrollment form. Sign-ups end Nov. 15.