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SUMMER 2013 Persistence pays off for college junior determined to win scholarship By Jami Stall Largest endowment in FFA history to impact thousands New endowment established with the National FFA Foundation will allow thousands of future FFA members to attend the organization’s largest leadership development conference – free of charge. O W hen Matthew Armbruster (above) won $8,000 this past spring as part of the National FFA Scholarship Program, the Purdue University junior also scored a couple of rich life lessons. First and foremost: Father knows best. Second: Persistence pays off. The 21-year-old agricultural education major (with a horticulture sciences minor) first applied for an FFA scholarship as a high school senior. Passed over for the honor, he continued to apply year Continued on page 2 Inside This Issue: • Individual Contributors + FFA: Perfect Match • Rite of Passage Road Trip • Shining Star Agriscience Winner nce active, the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment could provide about $1,500 each for 110 eligible FFA members from throughout the country to attend the annual Washington Leadership Conference each year. The scholarship will cover the cost of each recipient to attend the conference and provide a stipend to cover travel, meals, lodging and other conference-related expenses. Glenn Stith of Ankeny, Iowa, grew up on a family farm in Kentucky and was an FFA member in high school. He retired in 2010 as vice president of U.S. Branded Business for Seeds, Biotech Traits and Chemistry and Global Lead of Seminis Vegetable Seeds at Monsanto for 35 years. Glenn and wife Maggie, a senior regional director at the National FFA Foundation, announced their gift at the 2013 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. “My dad told me and my two brothers that we would have to find our own way back from high school sports events. We lived 20 miles away from high school. But my dad took time away from farming to drive us to and from FFA activities,” Glenn said. “That’s how strongly he felt about FFA and agricultural education.” To be eligible for a scholarship to attend the conference through the endowment, students will have to be active FFA members in good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Qualifying FFA members will have to demonstrate financial need and be first-time attendees to the conference. Eligible FFA members who reside in Kentucky will be given first preference to receive a scholarship to attend the conference. More than 1,800 students are Continued on page 2 Glenn (second from left) and Maggie (right) Stith of Ankeny, Iowa, interact with FFA members from throughout the country Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Washington, D.C., after announcing a major endowment the couple established through the National FFA Foundation. (Photo by Greg Kahn/Greg Kahn Photography for the National FFA Organization) Blue Jackets. Bright Futures! Summer 2013 1

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