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Ford Leadership Scholars

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The Ford Leadership Scholars program is a result of the Texas FFA Foundation, Ford Division, and Texas Ford Dealers partnership to enhance the leadership opportunities of Texas FFA members.
The purpose of the program is to: 1) Identify students who exhibit high levels of leadership at the chapter level. 2) Engage these identified students in a leadership development program created to enhance those qualities of leadership. 3) Recognize the scholars to build a remarkable legacy for the future of our state and nation.



F.A.Q.

Who are the scholars?
Each year the program will select 10 new scholars. They will be juniors in high school at the time of applying and must have met the requirements of the Lone Star Degree to apply. The applicants should be highly motivated students with a deep interest in the topic of leadership.
 
How will they be selected?
The criteria for selection will be based upon 6 characteristics of leadership: Action, Relationships, Vision, Character, Awareness and Continuous Improvement. These six characteristics were identified by leaders of the Agriculture industry as essential characteristics of leadership. The selection process will use an application process, examination covering a leadership book, a phone interview, and an in-person evaluation to select the 10 scholars. A selection committee comprised of industry leaders will review appications and will conduct both phone and in-person interviews.
 
How will scholars enhance those qualities of leadership?
The scholars will participate in a week long training seminar prior to state convention. During that time they will select a leadership project to work on during the fall semester. Each scholar will also be utilized by the Texas FFA Foundation during the State Convention. Each scholar will be assigned a mentor who will assist the scholar through their leadership project during the fall semester. In January, each scholar will present his or her project results to the entire group for evaluation. If completed successfully, the scholar will have effectively completed the Ford Leadership Scholars program.
 
What do scholars receive as a result of the program?
First, scholars have a tremendous opportunity to grow as leaders through the training they will receive, the relationship with their mentor, and the exposure they will have to key business and industry leaders. After completing the program, past participants will be targeted as candidates for internships in agriculture industry and policy development. Ford Scholars Alumni will be promoted to industry leaders throughout Texas and during the Texas legislative session.
The scholars will also be recognized on stage at the State FFA convention.
 
How long does this process from application until conclusion take?
Applications are due in early January for the program. Selection of students will conclude in May, and on June 1, the scholars will be announced. The training begins in early July, and the leadership projects begin in August. The projects should conclude in December with the evaluations occurring in January. The entire Ford Leadership Scholars process should take about 1 full year from application until conclusion. Students will finish in January of their senior year.
 
How do I apply?
The entire application is completed through the online roster system. Advisors must log onto the Roster System to select students to apply.
 
The application process requires both student and advisor submission, so students should submit the application in a timely manner, allowing for advisor approval.

Additional Information

If you have more questions, contact the Texas FFA Leadership Development Coordinator Dean Black at (512) 480-8045 or dean@texasffa.org.  

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Congratulations to the 2014 Ford Leadership Scholars:

Brittney Boreserine - Allen
John Derry - Bandera
Gabrielle Alcala - Boling
Chelsey Weems - Liberty Hill
Blake Mosley - George West
Benjamin Johnson - Spring Branch
Kloe Burris - Jourdanton
Kaleb Dautrich - Katy
Taylor Swinson - Sulphur Springs
Caitlin Lakey - Kingwood Park
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2013 Ford Leadership Scholar Profiles:

Alea Carrell - Anderson-Shiro
Audrey Irwin - Orange Grove
Cullen Reeves - West Sabine
Hannah Chute - Caney Creek
James Robison - Salado
Kathryn McCauley - Bridgeport
Kelsey Jozwiak - Hempstead
Mallory Aleman - Menard
Micah Newton - New Boston
Shelby James - George West

Thank you to everyone who applied, we appreciate the time, energy and effort that went into those applications! There is no doubt that the Class of 2014 Ford Leadership Scholars will be a great one!

Documents


NameOwnerDate AddedSize
2015 FLS Health Form Admin 11/20/2014 90 KB
2015 FLS Commitment Pledge Admin 11/20/2014 45 KB
2015 Ford Leadership Scholar Application Instructions Admin 11/20/2014 403 KB
2015 Ford Leadership Scholar Book Admin 11/20/2014 247 KB
2015 FLS Online Exam Instructions Admin 11/20/2014 413 KB
2015 FLS Online Exam Administrator Certification Admin 11/20/2014 444 KB

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