Education briefs for May 28

Local students awarded FFA Scholarship from Schuneman Equipment Co. and John Deere

The National FFA Organization, in partnership with John Deere, awarded a $2,000 scholarship each to Matt LaVoy and Blake Salmon, members of the Tracy Area High School graduating class of 2014. These scholarships are two of six sponsored by Schuneman Equipment Co. and John Deere Company through a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

LaVoy, the son of Gary and Joan LaVoy, plans to use the funds to pursue a physical therapy degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Salmon, the son of Jeff and Kris Salmon, plans to use the funds to pursue an animal science degree from SDSU. Both received awards May 7 from Troy Houselog, Tyler parts manager, during the chapter’s annual FFA banquet.

“Our support of FFA programs is a long-standing effort we are happy to continue,” said Tom Schuneman, general manager. “This scholarship is a great opportunity for students located in the communities in which we operate.”

FFA scholarships provide financial aid to chapter members attending two or four year colleges. Scholarship recipients were selected from 6,315 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.