Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation recently announced the results of their new Growing Scholars program.
TSC customers across the country donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. Nineteen of the 284 scholarships were awarded to Tennessee residents.
Victoria Campbell, of Flintville, who is majoring in Agricultural Business, Law or Finance, was among those who received a scholarship.
The Growing Scholars program was supported nationally by each of the more than 1,175 Tractor Supply stores Feb. 15-24 as part of National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers supported local FFA chapters and their members by purchasing an FFA emblem for $1 at store registers during the checkout process. Ninety percent of funds raised are being utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members, with the remaining 10 percent benefiting state FFA organizations.
“The amount of support we received from our customers in such a short amount of time was outstanding,” said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort. “Having the ability to provide scholarships to FFA members and funding for state FFA organizations is tremendous because they are a part of Tractor Supply, both as customers and as potential team members. We share the same values and lifestyle that Tractor Supply supports.”
The National FFA Foundation selected FFA members across the United States to receive the scholarships. Two $1,000 grants were also awarded to select FFA Chapters.