James W. Tracy Scholarship

Story of the James W. Tracy Scholarship

James “Jim” Tracy was born in 1941. He grew up on a farm near Northfield, Minnesota. During his childhood, James was an active FFA and 4-H member. After graduating from high school, Jim served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Besides being a lifelong member of his church, he was an active member in the Lions Club. Jim was a generous man who donated to many causes. He loved helping young people and wanted to see agriculture and rural America remain strong. Jim had a deep love for the land and farming. He farmed his land until he lost his battle with illness in 2014.


But Jim's story doesn't end there, his desire to support youth in agriculture lead him to donate his farm to an organization that he admired most, the FFA. The Minnesota FFA Foundation is pleased to bring life to James Tracy's dream of providing scholarships to youth involved in agriculture. Generations of young people will benefit from this donation as the funds will be used to support youth agricultural scholarships.


Scholarship Eligibility

  • Must be a resident of Minnesota

  • Must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary school in the U.S.

  • Must plan to pursue an academic award (certificate, diploma or degree) in agriculture or animal husbandry


Scholarship Criteria

More than 15 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership, involvement, and agriculture interest.

  • Essay, limited to no more than 500 words, sharing your future plans for a career in agriculture. 

  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters must be from non-family members.

  • Upon completion of their first semester at a post-secondary school, the scholarship recipient will need to send a transcript (copy acceptable) to the Minnesota FFA Foundation showing satisfactory progress. Once transcript is received by the Minnesota FFA Foundation, a check will be sent to the scholarship recipient.


Scholarship Timeline

  • Applications are due on or before February 1.

  • Scholarship recipients will be announced by May 1.



The application is available  HERE


 *** Only complete applications will be considered for the James W. Tracy scholarships. When submitting your application, make sure the entire application is completed (your personal information, answers to the two questions, one essay and two letters of recommendation).  Do not submit the questions and essay with plans to submit the two reference letters at a later time.

For more information, contact Amanda Sommers at 507-461-2214 or amanda.sommers@mnffafoundation.org .