The National FFA Organization and Foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,791 recipients.
Maxwell FFA member, Mckenzie Carvalho was selected to receive a $5,000 from the BNSF Railway Foundation.
More than 8,300 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 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 16 percent of their class.
This year marks the 32nd year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $44 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.
Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to the recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2016, should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for the 2017 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2016.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.