INDIANAPOLIS — The National FFA Organization and Foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,791 recipients, including an East Wilkes student. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 116 sponsors.
Lydia Burcham of East Wilkes High School FFA was awarded a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by NC Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa.
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.