National FFA Scholarship awarded to local student

Published 5:18 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — The National FFA Organization awarded a $1500 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship to Olivia Perry of Perry. The scholarship is sponsored by America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Monsanto Fund. Perry plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge. Perry is a 2018 graduate of Southland Academy and the daughter of Mac and Barbara Perry of Leslie, and granddaughter of Malcolm and Anne Perry of Leslie and Harriet Barfield of Ellaville.
This scholarship is one of 1,829 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. Currently 114 sponsors contribute more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for students.
For 34 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.
The 2018 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,831 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through
agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.