Proud Blue Jacket: FFA students recognized by local organization Eagle Grange | Community

For the second consecutive year, Eagle Grange no. 1 near Montgomery supported local FFA programs by awarding Blue Jacket scholarships to high school students.

This year, six jackets were sponsored, three each for Montgomery and Milton Schools. A public acknowledgment took place at an Eagle Grange meeting on February 1.

Eagle Grange sees his distinctive blue FFA jacket as a privilege to wear and a much sought after goal. For high school students to be invested with their own blue corduroy jacket at the start of their FFA involvement, Eagle Grange says, the experience can be life-changing. It can provide new opportunities to develop leadership, encourage engagement, take on social responsibility and experience a sense of belonging.

As one student remarked, “the wearing of the official FFA [blue] the jacket keeps us on a higher level.

Realizing that many students and their families may need financial assistance to obtain the jacket, Greenwood High School FFA Counselor Krista Pontius of Millerstown, Perry County, started and continues to manage this schoolwide initiative. state by the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association.

Students applying for a jacket scholarship should explain why they are interested in agricultural education, define a goal they hope to achieve throughout their FFA career, and identify what wearing the FFA jacket means to them .

In recent years, thanks to the support of individuals and organizations like the Grange, more than 300 scholarships have been awarded each year throughout PA.

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