Chapter Resource Corner

FFA's success begins at the chapter level

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of youth and impacting their lives one day at a time. The Minnesota FFA Foundation is committed to support your work to ensures the growth and development of the next generation of leaders for agriculture. We know you are incredibly busy shaping the lives of our youth each day, so hope this page is an easy resource to provide you with all necessary information pertinent to the Foundation in one place.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • November 6th, 2020  -    Chapter Donations Indicated in Google Forms.  Complete here:

  • December 31st, 2020  -    Chapter Donation Payments due to Minnesota FFA Foundation.  Download here: 

  • ON HOLD (due to Covid) -    Washington Leadership Conference applications.

  • February 1st, 2021     -    James Tracy Scholarship applications due.  Apply here:

  • October 15th, 2021  -  Blue Jackets Bright Futures student applications due​​.  

  • October 15th, 2021   -  Legacy Club Grant applications due. 

Information & Resources:

Chapter Donations to the Foundation - For decades FFA chapters have shown their support of the valuable work of the Minnesota FFA Foundation through a contribution.  Your support and that of others provides many services and opportunities for your chapter and the students you serve.  These services and opportunities include: State Convention support (thus decreasing convention registration fees), Blue Jackets-Bright Futures program, Legacy Club Grants, Washington Leadership Conference scholarships, James W. Tracy Scholarships, placemats for chapter use and other additional resources.  We understand that in recent years, it has become more challenging to make this contribution.  With that said, we want to offer chapters two ways to make their contribution.  

 

Please consider one of the two options described below:

1.  Download this form to accompany your chapter's donation check.  Please mail form & payment by Dec 31.  

 

2.  Indicate your chapter's desired contribution to the Minnesota FFA Foundation by November 6th by Google Forms here: 

 

* This identified contribution amount will be listed as a Foundation Assessment on an upcoming invoice from the Minnesota FFA Association.

Questions on the Chapter Donations to the Foundation can be directed to: Val Aarsvold, Executive Director

Phone: (507)259-3586 OR  Email: val.aarsvold@mnffafoundation.org

James Tracy Scholarship Applications - Student applications are due February 1.  This will be the 6th year the Minnesota FFA Foundation will be offering the James W. Tracy Scholarships for your students.  The James Tracy scholarship program was established because of a Northfield area farmer, James W. Tracy.  The Minnesota FFA Foundation is pleased to bring life to James Tracy's dream of supporting youth in agriculture, keep rural America strong, and support FFA and 4-H members by providing scholarships to youth involved in agriculture. NEW for 2021 - $2,000 scholarships will be awarded based on the criteria below.  Students will apply for the program online.  A review team will review all applications and teachers & recipients will be notified by email by May 1st. Foundation Staff will then mail a packet to recipients at their homes which includes a certificate and details about how to redeem their scholarship. Upon completion of their Fall semester at a post-secondary school, the scholarship recipient MUST send a transcript (copy / scan acceptable) to the MN FFA Foundation showing satisfactory progress. Transcript can be emailed to: amanda.sommers@mnffafoundation.org. Once transcript is received by the MN FFA Foundation, the scholarship check will be mailed directly to the recipient by the end of the following semester/term. Encourage your students to apply that meet the following requirements below:

 

Scholarship Eligibility: 

  • Must be a resident of Minnesota

  • Must be enrolled or plan to enroll 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

 

Application Details: 

  • Leadership, involvement, and agriculture interest

  • Three essay questions, limited to no more than 500 words

  • Two letters of recommendation.  Letters must be from non family members.  One letter of recommendation is required to be from someone who has known / worked with the student during the previous 12 months.  

  • Upon completion of the recipients Fall 2021 semester at a post-secondary school, the scholarship recipient will need to send a transcript (copy acceptable) to the MN FFA Foundation showing satisfactory progress. Transcript can be emailed to: amanda.sommers@mnffafoundation.org. Once transcript is received by the MN FFA Foundation and upon completion of your following semester/term , a check will be sent to the scholarship recipient.

 

Applicants can apply here.  Deadline is February 1: 

James Tracy Scholarship program brochure for download: 

Flyers for you to promote the program in your classroom can be downloaded here:

Questions on the James Tracy Scholarship Program can be directed to:  Amanda Sommers, Program Coordinator

Phone: (507)461-2214  OR  Email: amanda.sommers@mnffafoundation.org

Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) Scholarship Applications - The Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship applications are on hold until a decision is made in January.  Due to National FFA placing this decision on hold due to the Covid19 Pandemic, our application process is being put on hold until January.  

Scholarships are awarded by the Minnesota FFA Foundation to support FFA member’s participation in the Washington Leadership Conference. Scholarships are only available to members traveling with the state lead group. Scholarship amounts are $550 and $200.


Additional information and questions are included in the application to be considered for the scholarships offered by the Minnesota FFA Alumni for WLC.


Receiving a scholarship does NOT constitute a registration for the conference.  Registration for the conference needs to be done through Juleah Tolosky, Executive Director, Minnesota FFA Association.

 

Applicants can apply here:  Applications on hold until January!

Questions on the Washington Leadership Scholarship program can be directed to:  Amanda Sommers, Program Coordinator

Phone: (507)461-2214  OR  Email: amanda.sommers@mnffafoundation.org

Minnesota FFA Foundation Placements- Minnesota FFA Foundation sponsored placemats are available free of charge at your request!  Distribution will be at the AgTech Conference in January, or by making special arrangements with Foundation staff. 

To place an order for placemats, please send an email to Val Aarsvold. 

To make a request, or for questions on the Foundation placemats, please contact:

Val Aarsvold, Executive Director

Phone: (507)259-3586 OR  Email: val.aarsvold@mnffafoundation.org

Blue Jackets Bright Futures - Student applications are due October 15th. Students are responsible for completing the online application. A review team will review all applications and teachers will be notified by email by November 15th. Foundation Staff will then mail a packet to Ag Teachers at their schools who have recipients of the program. The packet will include a congratulations letter, a stamped and addressed thank you note to be completed and sent to the sponsor, and a gift card to the National FFA Store to place the order for your students jacket and scarf / tie.

Students apply here:  Applications closed until 2021.

Blue Jackets - Bright Futures program brochure for download: 

Flyers for you to promote the program in your classroom can be downloaded here:

Questions on the Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program can be directed to:  Amanda Sommers, Program Coordinator

Phone: (507)461-2214  OR  Email: amanda.sommers@mnffafoundation.org

Legacy Club Grant Applications - Applications are due October 15th.  The Minnesota FFA Foundation established the Legacy Club recognizing that success begins at the chapter level. We value the work that you do to grow opportunities for your students and want to support that. The Legacy Club mission is to raise funds for chapters across the state through a grant program. We are pleased to offer Legacy Club Grants to support your work.  Consider applying for a grant to support areas that you feel will grow your chapter.  New Chapters (1-3 years) can apply for up to $1,500 in support, and existing chapters can apply for up to $1,000 in support. Teachers will be notified after 

Chapter Advisors apply here: Applications closed until 2021.

Legacy Club program brochure for download: 

Questions on the Legacy Club Program can be directed to:  Val Aarsvold, Executive Director

Phone: (507)259-3586 OR  Email: val.aarsvold@mnffafoundation.org

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