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Nov. 27, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – A former agribusiness executive who
earlier this year established an endowment to create leadership training
scholarships for FFA members has been selected to chair a National FFA
Foundation board focused on individual giving.
Glenn Stith of Ankeny,
Iowa, has been appointed 2014 chairman of the foundation’s Individual Giving
Stith held various executive titles at Monsanto for 35 years.
After retiring in 2010, he has worked as an independent agribusiness consultant
and senior associate of Context Network. A native of Kentucky and former
Kentucky state FFA president, he graduated from University of Kentucky with a
bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He earned a master’s degree in
business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
June, Stith and wife Maggie, a regional director with the foundation, announced
the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment, designed to
provide $1,500 scholarships to more than 100 FFA members each year to attend the
National FFA Organization’s annual Washington Leadership Conference. The
scholarships will help FFA members pay for conference fees, travel, meals,
lodging and other expenses.
The National FFA Foundation’s Individual
Giving Council promotes the advancement of FFA and agricultural education
through identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual major gifts.
The council provides advice and support on annual fund, planned giving and other
donor-related activities. Members serve three-year terms and may serve two
For more about the Individual Giving Council, visit
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the
National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career
success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in
grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout
the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds
partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and
individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member
achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture
education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators,
business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a
separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all
sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and
agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA
Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678
student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in
the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership,
personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National
FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United
States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for
FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more,
visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter
and the official National FFA Organization blog.