National FFA scholarship awarded to local student

Alexis McDaniel

The national FFA Organization awarded a $2000 John Deere Dealer scholarship to Alexis McDaniel of the Christiansburg FFA.

Meade Tractor sponsors the scholarship. McDaniel plans to use the funds to pursue an agricultural science degree at New River Community College, and then transfer to Virginia Tech to study dairy science.

This scholarship is one of 1,888 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. Currently 115 sponsors contribute more than $2.7 million to support scholarships for students.

For 33 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.

The 2017 scholarship recipients were selected from 8, 337 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicants leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.

The National FFA Organizations provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.