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2023 Texas FFA Ford Leadership Scholars Develop Community Research Projects    
Sunday, December 3, 2023 | Author: Texas FFA News

This past summer, the 2023 Texas FFA Ford Leadership Scholars participated in a week-long training seminar where they begin to plan their own substantial and sustainable local research projects that are community based. Each student was assigned a mentor who will assist the scholar through their leadership project during the fall semester.

Let's take a look at the class of 2023's project objectives. 


Joeli Hardy
Madisonville FFA

My Ford Leadership Scholar Project is the Madison County Hay Relief Program (MHRP). The purpose of MHRP is to help local agriculturalists, whether it be 4-H or FFA members, as well as farmers and ranchers who are in need of hay for agriculture.

Shayla Mader
Stephenville FFA

I am establishing social media platforms and a website for my local Summer Food 4 Kids Program to hopefully increase community awareness and gain support and volunteers. Additionally, I will be fundraising for the program so that it may be sustained for many years to come. 

Tracer Rice
McGregor FFA

I am creating a staff appreciation program at all McGregor ISD campuses. Faculty and staff at all of the MISD campuses are overworked and underappreciated, and a student-led appreciation program will allow them to boost their morality.

Gauge McCain
Brazos FFA

I chose to do my project about agriculture education as I felt this was a big need in my community. I chose to construct a youth agriculture presentation that was open during the local county fair and has been used as additional Ag in The Classroom efforts.

Hunter Lawson
Paradise FFA

My project consists of renovating the City of Paradise’s Park, Leone Park, which will increase community involvement and support physical activity. The efforts consist of rebuilding and painting fences and dugouts, updating and renovating bleachers and pathways, and creating a pocket park in the heart of the complex.

Lily Adams
Whitehouse FFA

Due to my passion for wildlife and education on such matters, I have decided to revamp the city of Whitehouse’s Blackhawk Creek Trail into an educational and recreational site for all to enjoy. To highlight habitat integrity, I plan to implement sources such as man-made habitats, site trailheads, wildlife information booths, etc., to cultivate various conservation efforts.

Thomas Dean
Madisonville FFA

My project is building an animal shelter in Madison County and, potentially, for surrounding counties. We desperately need a place to shelter all the stray dogs and cats in our rural town and a proper form of animal control, and this project is focused on answering that need.

Mia Stowe
Gilmer FFA

My project aims to spread awareness about the importance of literacy in my community. The three main sections of my project include advertising the Upshur County Literacy Council at different community events, creating a fundraiser for the council to purchase new learning materials, and hosting a book fair at four of the Gilmer ISD campuses. By the end of my project, my goal is to raise $1,000 for the literacy council and donate 1,000 books to different community organizations.

Natalie Troyer
Clear Brook FFA

My project is an agricultural literacy effort focusing on expanding agricultural knowledge in 8th-grade classrooms in Clear Creek ISD. I am making a series of four videos with accompanying short assignments that will allow students to gain an understanding of FFA, 4-H, production agriculture, and jobs in the agricultural industry. 

Gus Mushinski
Bridgeland FFA

My Ford Scholars project is creating a website that stores all community service organizations and events in an easy-to-access database. I’m hoping to reach the lives of not only students and others looking for community service opportunities but also the lives of those affected by these wonderful events.


In late winter/early spring, 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.

The Ford Leadership Scholars program is a result of the Texas FFA Foundation and Texas Ford Dealers partnership to enhance the leadership opportunities of Texas FFA members.

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