Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products industry leaders. As such, we launched a new scholarship program late last year for students involved in The National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America). This program offers four $500 scholarships semi-annually to support Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) or educational opportunities within the various sectors of agriculture, commercial fishing or forest products industries. This scholarship offers students an opportunity to show off their projects and gain some funding along the way!
Meet 2018 Winners
Erin Denman, of Tri-Valley Central School and FFA chapter, in Grahamsville, NY. Her Equine Placement SAE lets her improve and share her knowledge of the equine industry.
Julia Dodge, of Bellville Henderson Central School and FFA chapter, in Adams, NY. Her SAE project is focused on poultry production, bringing livestock to her family’s traditional crop farm.
Lucy Meehan, of Worcester Central School, in Worcester, NY and the Cobleskill – Richmondville FFA chapter. She is working on a group scientific research SAE project focused on the percentage of Schoharie County’s tick population that are carriers of Lyme’s Disease.
Erin Murray, of Lyman Hall High School and FFA chapter, in Wallingford, CT. Her SAE project is focused on aquaculture.
Brandon Phelps, of Lowville Academy and Central School and FFA chapter, in Lowville, NY. His SAE project is focused on maple production.
Riley Simmons, of Gouverneur Central School and FFA chapter, in Gouverneur, NY. His SAE project is focused on poultry production. After expanding his flock he will begin selling eggs at local farmers’ markets and chicks to local producers.
William Smith, of Madison Central School and FFA chapter, in Madison, NY. His SAE project focuses on beef production. He plans to renovate his current barn to expand his cow-calf operation.
Michaela Stephens, of Carthage Central School and FFA chapter, in Carthage, NY, currently raises about 20 lambs a year. As part of her SAE project, she is working to double the size of her operation while improving the quality of her flock.
Interested in applying?
Scholarships are awarded twice per year, with application deadlines on June 30 and December 31.
This scholarship is awarded to students with a strong Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and who understand their project’s impact on their future career in an agriculturally-related field. Applicants must be active in their local FFA chapter and reside within the seven states Farm Credit East serves. Applicants will be evaluated on their SAE, including objectives, progress to date and project financials. Community involvement and volunteer activities will also be looked at in the judging criteria. Applicants can receive the scholarship once per year. Click here to learn more.