Tractor Supply Company, National FFA partner for youth scholarships

  • Tractor Supply Company customers donated $362,324 in 2013, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of college degrees.

Tractor Supply Company will again partner with the National FFA Foundation for its Growing Scholars program. Last year, the program’s first, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of college degrees.

 The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply and Del’s Feed & Farm Supply stores Feb. 14-23, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will go to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent will benefit state FFA organizations.

“The funding we received from our customers last year was incredible,” said Greg Sandfort, the company’s CEO. “We’re honored to be able to provide critical funding to FFA members who intend to pursue a college degree and local FFA chapters that enrich the lives of young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities. Giving back to our 1,200-plus communities that we serve is very important, and the Growing Scholars program is one of the ways that we support our current and future customers and future team members.”

To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be current FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients.

“We can’t thank Tractor Supply and its customers enough for supporting FFA, student and alumni members and agriculture education in general,” said Robert K. Cooper, National FFA Foundation executive director. “The Growing Scholars program truly makes a difference in the lives of our youth.”

Tractor Supply has been a sponsor of the National FFA Foundation for 27 years. The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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