COLUMBUS, OHIO – This fall, the Ohio FFA Foundation awarded the funds for chapters to purchase nearly 200 FFA jackets for first-year members. Students from across Ohio either applied or were nominated to be a part of the Blue Jackets program, sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids.
Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA had 3 members receive FFA jacket scholarships – Kira Chesney, Krystin Monroe and Elliott Voge. The jackets these members received were sponsored by Superior Ag Solutions-Chris Petelle and Mr. John Marshall.
Since 2016, Beck’s Hybrids and the Ohio FFA Foundation have been committed to helping provide FFA jackets for first-year members. With the generosity shared from community supporters and the Beck’s Hybrids dealer network, 191 FFA jackets were awarded in 2020 – the most provided in a single year. In total, the Ohio FFA Foundation has awarded more than 630 jackets since the program’s inception.
“I am amazed each year how many jackets our Beck’s dealers donate to their chapters of choice. The support our Beck’s dealers give toward the FFA is overwhelming,” said Eric Rife, sales support manager at Beck’s Hybrids. “I enjoy hearing how the jacket recipients thank the donors. The students are very appreciative for what our dealers do.”
Jacket donors included Beck’s Hybrids and 25 Beck’s Hybrids dealers, as well as other generous individuals and community supporters around the state.
“For many members, having an FFA jacket is one of the first steps toward becoming a future leader in agriculture,” said Jessica Parrish, Executive Director of the Ohio FFA Foundation. “There are so many members that deserve to wear the blue jacket that may otherwise not be able to afford one. I am proud that the Ohio FFA Foundation partners with Beck’s Hybrids and donors around Ohio to help meet this need. Our supporters are truly opening doors of opportunity for these members.”
Altogether, the Ohio FFA Foundation received nearly 600 applications and nominations for FFA jackets in 2020. Those interested in contributing to this program in the future should contact the Ohio FFA Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Blue Jackets program can be found at ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/blue-jackets. About the Ohio FFA Foundation The Ohio FFA Foundation is a cooperative effort among education, business and industry to support and inspire Ohio’s 25,000 FFA members. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.