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About Tennessee FFA Foundation  
  The Tennessee FFA Foundation is a non-profit organization established to help support the high school and collegiate youth program that provides personal development opportunities and prepares young men and women for careers in agricultural-related fields. Currently, there are about 30,000 students in agriculture education in Tennessee.
Our Mission, Goals and Objective  
  The Tennessee FFA Foundation, Inc. supports the FFA mission of making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Who We Are  
  Tennessee FFA Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and Sponsoring Committee.
New Executive Director  
Chelsea Rose named New Executive Director of the Tennessee FFA Foundation Press Release

Thursday, March 6, 2014 OFFICE: (931) 261-0715

Chelsea Rose to join Foundation staff March 24

COOKEVILLE, TN—Tennessee FFA Foundation, Inc. Board Chairman Dr. Ben Byler today announced that following a nationwide search, Chelsea Rose will lead the Foundation as Executive Director. In the Foundation’s ongoing effort to support the Tennessee Future Farmers of America (FFA) Association, Rose’s role will be to work with agricultural industry stakeholders, FFA alumni and Foundation board members to raise funds and provide support for the state’s premier youth leadership organization.

“Chelsea brings a tremendous amount of experience within the FFA, having served as Tennessee State FFA President and National FFA Vice President,” Byler said. “It says a lot for our Foundation that we’re able to attract this caliber of talent. Chelsea will bring a fresh perspective to the work of the Foundation and will, no doubt, serve Tennessee FFA with professionalism and a high-level of energy.”

Rose comes to the Tennessee FFA Foundation from the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association where she served as Government Affairs Specialist lobbying state legislators, raising funds for the association’s Political Action Committee (PAC), and facilitating board of director training. Her career with Tennessee’s electric cooperatives was highlighted by consecutive years of growth in contributions to the association’s PAC.

Chelsea began her involvement with FFA in 2003 when she became a member of the Eagleville High School FFA Chapter in Rutherford County. Through her years of successful involvement, she earned the highest level of FFA membership, the American FFA Degree. She served the FFA as Chapter President, State President and National Vice President; her FFA advisor was Bruce Haley.

During college, Rose gained experience working for the Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey.

“This is an incredible opportunity to serve the organization that molded me during my formative years,” Rose said. “I am excited to apply my experience and skill set in a way that will maximize the potential of the Tennessee FFA Foundation, while fostering meaningful relationships with industry stakeholders. The FFA holds a special place in my heart and I am proud to be given the chance to work with donors, teachers, students, and alumni in this role.”

Rose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Tennessee Tech University in 2012, at which time she was awarded the Derryberry Award, the university’s highest student honor. She is now enrolled part-time in the Master of Science program in agriculture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and expects to graduate later this year. Chelsea and her husband John, who is a lifelong volunteer for FFA, live in Hickman, TN. They raise beef cattle, tobacco, hay, and Kentucky 31 Fescue seed. Rose will begin her new role on Monday, March 24 at the 86th Annual Tennessee FFA State Convention.
Foundation Newsletter  
  Periodically, the Tennessee FFA Foundation writes a newsletter regarding financial updates, fundraising opportunities and FFA sponsorships.
  Tennessee FFA Foundation raises funds through corporate and individual giving and the following programs and initiatives: Tennessee Ag Tags, Alumni Prints, Alumni Auctions, Fruit Sales, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Member Dues and Tennessee Farmers Co-op Knife.

For additional information about how you can help Tennessee FFA, please contact Tennessee FFA Foundation Executive Director Chelsea Rose or Assistant Shannon Turner.

Tennessee FFA Foundation offers over 40 scholarships. One application is all it takes to be reviewed for every scholarship for which you meet the criteria.  The annual application period for scholarships is December 15 to February 1.  For those students enrolled in college, you may  wish to apply for one of four Lineberry scholarships.  For those seniors graduating from high school, there are several scholarships specific to the college you plan to attend, your chosen college major, your home county or your alumni chapter.  Please select the appropriate scholarship category on the application.  Be sure to read the application procedures on the scholarships website before downloading the scholarship application.

Our website provides links to many other scholarships including:  universities within the state with agriculture programs, Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships, Tennessee Governor's School for Agriculture, Bray-Camp Clements Scholarship, Ford Scholarships and National FFA Foundation Scholarships. 

Information is also available on how to: search for other scholarships, obtain help with your application and seek financial aid.  Start early in your senior year of high school by getting organized for college and getting the scholarship you need to be sure you and your family can afford this next step of your education.

Proficiency and CDE Sponsors  

The Tennessee FFA Foundation secures financial resources for recognizing FFA member achievements, developing student leaders and supporting the future of agricultural education.  We accomplish this through our donors and sponsors who support 49 proficiency awards programs, 18 career development events, five stars categories, 40 college scholarships and several other events, activities and programs at the regional, state and national levels.  Other major investments in our youth include leadership training sessions, Goodwill Tour by the state officer team, three regional awards banquets, state convention and enhancement of classroom curricula.

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