Ancilla_Ag ScholarshipAncilla College has announced two new scholarships for students interested in earning degrees in the school’s two agriculture programs. Ancilla is opening the scholarships for students who are members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).  The FFA is an high school and college-level student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.

“We are creating these scholarships to help support students who want to pursue an agriculture degree and the wide variety of experiences, career goals, and higher education plans that our programs offer,” said Ancilla’s agriculture program director Tim McLochlin.

“The Ancilla College FFA Scholarship is open to high school graduates and transfer students who are active members of the FFA. The scholarship award pays $1,000 towards Ancilla tuition and is renewable for every year the student attends Ancilla,” McLochlin said.

Students will need to go online at Ancilla’s website and complete an application and request a letter of support from their high school’s FFA adviser. Students need to have a grade of ‘B’ or better (a 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale) to be awarded the scholarship.

A second scholarship, the Ancilla FFA Leadership Award, is a competitive scholarship program also open to FFA members.

“We think the Leadership Award is really cool because it is a creative way for students to share their interest and passion for agriculture. It was created to attract talented student leaders from FFA programs around the country to earn agriculture degrees at Ancilla College,” McLochlin said.

The FFA Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to three students selected for $2,000, $1,000 or $500 annual awards (renewable).

Students will produce a video on “Why Agriculture is Important” no more than 10 minutes long, explaining why they want to pursue a degree in Agriculture. The video should be produced by the student but can include high school FFA peers, teachers, and family members. Awardees will be selected for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place scholarships, by Ancilla College faculty and a select award committee, based on the presentation of ideas and goals, originality, and clarity.

All scholarships are paid with the understanding that the money will be used for Ancilla College tuition, fees, books, and equipment required for classes to attain a degree in Agriculture (Animal Science or Crop Science) from Ancilla College.

A complete list of criteria and scholarship applications are available online The deadline to apply is June 2nd. Scholarships will be awarded in early June.

The Ancilla FFA Scholarships can be used to help pay tuition at Ancilla College and can be combined with regional, state fair, state and national FFA scholarships. Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation.