PLATTSBURGH — Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Co. has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National Future Farmers of America Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324 resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.
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 to 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 and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will be used to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will benefit state FFA organizations.
“The funding we received from our customers last year was incredible,” said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort. “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.
Tractor Supply and the National FFA Foundation have many other joint initiatives, including the FFA horse evaluation career development event, National FFA Week and the annual National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference. At an individual store level, Tractor Supply continually hosts fund-raising events and works closely with local FFA chapters and high school agriculture advisers to provide resources and leverage synergies.