There is a need to fill the pipeline of leaders in the agriculture industry, and industry is stepping up to help students meet that need. In 2019, the National FFA awarded $29,500 in scholarships, to 18 South Dakota FFA members, through the National FFA Scholarship program. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. These students devoted much time and effort to FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics, making them likely future leaders in agriculture.

Recipients are:

  • Makayla DeDeyne, De Smet FFA, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Danielle Houghtaling, Doland, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Grady Gullickson, Flandreau FFA, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Madison Bollweg, Highmore, Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough- FFA Scholarship Dealer Program, $1,000.
  • Grant Hamilton, Hitchcock-Tulare FFA, Cooperative Credit Company Scholarship and America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,000 and $1,500.
  • Sydney Miller, Hot Springs, Cooperative Credit Company Scholarship, $1,000.
  • Haley Feldhaus, Howard FFA, LaCrosse Footwear Inc. Scholarship, $1,000.
  • Leah Marshall, Huron FFA Chapter, Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough- FFA Scholarship Dealer Program, $1,000.
  • Sarah Kroeger, Lennox Sundstrom FFA, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Sadie Vander Wal, Northwestern Area, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Jarret Haven, Northwestern Area, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Travis Leber, Parker, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Blake Olson, Parker FFA, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Bridger Gordon, Sturgis FFA, BNSF Railway Foundation Scholarship, $5,000.
  • Mason Burke, Willow Lake FFA, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Cutler Michalski, Willow Lake FFA Chapter, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Brandon Volmer, Winner FFA, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.
  • Mark Hamilton, Wolsey-Wessington, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program, $1,500.

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