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Wyoming FFA Foundation announces scholarship offerings

Jan 27, 2013 - From staff reports

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming FFA Foundation, a 12-member board that works to enhance the FFA experience for 2,053 Wyoming FFA members who belong to one of more than 50 Wyoming FFA chapters, is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship offering.

"We at the Wyoming FFA Foundation believe it's important to offer scholarships to graduating FFA members who've proven their ability to set and achieve goals and need help pursuing their college dreams," said Becki Dale, Wyoming FFA Foundation scholarship chairwoman. "Similarly, we offer scholarships to FFA members who are enrolled in college. We're able to make this annual offering thanks to private donors and companies and fellow non-profit groups that support Wyoming FFA's goals and mission."

Among this year's offerings is the Andrea Lohr Live by Faith Scholarship. Lohr, former Kentucky FFA President and the wife of former National FFA Officer Matt Lohr, lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Amid life's biggest challenges, Andrea Lohr maintained a positive attitude while inspiring others. Matt and Andrea Lohr touched many Wyoming lives over the years through their involvement in FFA and their talent delivering motivational speeches.

Ron and Julie Rabou, friends of the Lohrs who live in Cheyenne, launched this scholarship by making an initial donation and challenging others to do the same. The scholarship will be presented to an FFA member who shares his or her story of how someone has made a positive difference in his or her life.

Friends of Agriculture Industry and Recreation is once again partnering with the Wyoming FFA Foundation to offer a scholarship to an FFA member who has multiple years of experience exhibiting projects at the Wyoming State Fair. Applicants will be asked to share their State Fair experience.

The Wyoming FFA Foundation is also gathering scholarship applications on behalf of the Wyoming Ag Business Association. The association will present a $500 scholarship to a student continuing his or her higher education in Wyoming.

With support from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., scholarships are being offered to students pursuing natural resources studies.

A priority is given to those students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in the University of Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center. Students who take classes from the UW Reclamation and Restoration Center leave college better prepared for work reclaiming Wyoming land following a disturbance or development.

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