James W. Tracy Scholarship applications open

The Minnesota FFA Foundation is excited to announce that the James W. Tracy scholarship applications are open. The James W. Tracy scholarship application carries a deadline of February 1st, 2024. This is the ninth year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered this scholarship program.

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. He loved helping young people and wanted to see agriculture and rural America remain strong. He farmed his land until he lost his battle with illness in 2014.

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.

The scholarship is open to Minnesota FFA and 4-H members.

Eligibility Requirements for students to apply include:

  • 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

This year $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students 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 must be from someone who has worked with the student over the last 12 months.

Applications are due by February 1, 2024 with scholarship recipients being announced by May 1, 2024.

For full details please go to our website. Student applications can be completed with a Google Form application that can be found here. 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.

For more information about the James W. Tracy Scholarship Program, you can go to our website here. For questions on the James W. Tracy Scholarship Program, contact Amanda Sommers at 507-461-2214 or visit our website at www.mnffafoundation.org