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James W. Tracy Scholarship

Story of Mr. Tracy

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James W. 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.  Tracy 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 led 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



Apply for the James W. Tracy Scholarship program now - applications are open!

Applications due:
February 1, 2023.


Apply below!

Scholarship Criteria:

$2,000 scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • 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 2023 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: 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 be high school seniors, or college students.

  • Students are eligible to apply annually. If selected each year, they can receive this scholarship once as a high school student and once as a college student.


To Learn More: 

You can download the James W. Tracy Brochure:

Scholarship Timeline:

  • Applications are due on or before February 1, 2023

  • Scholarship recipients will be announced by May 1, 2023



Applications are now open. Apply here:


For More Information:

For more information, please contact Amanda Sommers at 507-461-2214 or by email at:

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