FFA has an extensive award program, implemented at the local, state and national levels, with an award to match almost any member’s unique talents and interests.  Awards provide incentives for members and chapters to set goals and work toward achieving them.  The result is a membership dedicated to progress in their chosen areas of interest.

General Information

Award Submission

Award applications are to be submitted directly to the Florida FFA Office either by hand delivery or sent through the mail.  Applicants who mail their award applications are encouraged to send them using a method that can be tracked (e.g. UPS) in the case that an issue was to arise.   Applications that are received through email or fax will not be accepted.

Award Application Deadlines

All award application due dates are listed in the “Event/Application Date” of the Florida FFA calendar.  There is a seven calendar-day grace period on award applications unless otherwise noted.  This date is listed in the “Register/Receive By” column of the calendar, and is the date that document should be in the Florida FFA Office (not postmarked).  Applications received after this date may not be accepted.

Award Application Revision

Competitive award applications such as proficiency applications and National Chapter Award applications that are selected at state finalist/winners will be returned to the chapter for revision before being sent on to National FFA for judging.  A panel of judges will have reviewed the applications and feedback will be provided on the applications.  It is expected that any application returned for revision be corrected and a new copy be returned to Florida FFA by the specified due date. Applications that are not properly revised may not be sent on to National FFA for judging.

Online Award Applications

Beginning 2015, a number of award applications must be completed online.  An active MyFFA login is required for each student completing applications for proficiency awards, state degrees, American degrees, and star awards.  Awards are still printed and submitted to Florida FFA for judging and approval.

Resources

In addition to several workshops offered throughout the year at conferences, State and National Convention there are numerous online resources available at ffa.org to help members and advisors prepare for the various award programs.

  • Official FFA Manual
  • Agriscience Fair Handbook
  • National Chapter Award Program Handbook
  • Agriculture Proficiency Award Handbook
  • American FFA Degree Application Guide

Award application Reminders

Listed below are some items to keep in mind when completing and submitting award applications:

  • Binding – Applications are to be bound when they are submitted.  Acceptable forms of binding: stapling, spiral binding or three-prong award application folders.  Unacceptable forms of binding: paper clips, three-ring binders.
  • Paper – Applications should be printed on a high quality, matte, white paper. Applications should not be printed on card stock, colored or glossy paper.
  • Printing – Applications should printed single-sided only.
  • Pictures – Any pictures include in an application should be of the highest quality possible and printed in color.
  • Signatures – Applications that are missing signatures will be disqualified.
  • Altered Applications – Applications that have been altered from their original form will be disqualified.

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Award Overview Incentive Submission Requirements

Agriscience Fair

Eligibility:
Members grades sixth – 12th

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The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture.  It is held each year, during the State FFA Convention. Participation begins at the local chapter level and progresses to the state and national levels. Areas of participation closely mirror those of the international science fair, but reflect an agricultural theme.

 

Top 3 category winners in each division receive rosettes awarded at the conclusion of the fair.  First place Division winners receive a trophy on stage at the State FFA convention.  Each participant who is selected and who accepts the invitation to participate at the National FFA Convention will receive at $200 travel award.

 

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•   Complete Research Report

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Alumni Essay Contest

Eligibility:
Members grades sixth – 11th

 

The Alumni Essay Contest recognizes outstanding FFA members from chapters with an active Alumni Affiliate.  Award winners will receive scholarships to assist in attendance at either the Washington Conference or the Florida Leadership Adventures programs depending on their ranking.

 

Top 10 applicants receive a scholarship to either the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) or Florida Leadership Adventures (FLA).  Scholarships are awarded on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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American FFA Degree

Eligibility: Refer to the National FFA Constitution

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FFA is structured into a degree program which rewards active FFA members for progress in all phases of leadership, skills and occupational development.  The highest degree, the American FFA Degree, is conferred upon an elite group of members at the national level, which are approved by the state association.

 

All recipients recognized on stage at the State and National FFA Conventions.

 

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Chapter Agricultural Advocacy Award

Eligibility:
Middle and High School Chapters

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This program is designed to make today’s elementary students more aware of the world of agriculture and how it affects their daily lives.  One of the primary objectives is to promote agricultural literacy among today’s students.

 

Top five finalists each receive a plaque.  In addition, the first place chapter receives $200, second place chapter receives $100 and the third place chapter receives $50.  Awards are given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Chapter Cooperative Award

Eligibility:
Middle and High School Chapters

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The Chapter Cooperative Award is made possible by the The Florida Council of Cooperatives and is designed to highlight the importance of cooperative business principles and practices. The contest is divided into two parts. Part One of the contest can be completed by the diligent work of any chapter who explores the need and resources of cooperatives, plans for cooperative activity and caries out a cooperative activity including, but not limited to visiting a local cooperative. A newly involved chapter may wish to begin with just the new portion of the contest, which is part one. In order to be considered for winning chapter must complete Part Two which involves documenting the chapter activities carried out concerning cooperatives, how chapter members made use of local cooperatives and any Cooperatives organized by chapter members.

 

State Winning chapter receives complimentary registration for four students and one advisor to attend the annual cooperative organization meeting. After attending, the winning chapter is also eligible for $500 cash.  Awards given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

District Officer Application

Eligibility:
Applicants must hold the Chapter Degree

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The primary responsibility of a district officer is to serve the Florida FFA Association, Agricultural Education and Agriculture as an ambassador in district activities in a way that will inform, motivate and inspire FFA members, advisors and others to embrace and uphold 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. According to the Florida FFA Constitution, in order to be elected to a district office, a member must hold the Chapter FFA Degree. District officers must be elected each year at the annual state convention. Candidates are required to complete and submit this application along with a sealed letter of recommendation from the FFA Advisor and a one-page resumé of FFA, school and community activities.  Start Application

FFA Advisor of the Year Award

Eligibility:
All Florida FFA Advisors

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The purpose of the FFA Advisor of the Year Award is to recognize agriculture educators who have made a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education in their local chapter.

 

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Honorary State FFA Degree Nomination

Eligibility:
Refer to the Florida FFA Constitution

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The Florida FFA Association relies on the support of exceptional individuals to provide life-changing experiences for its members. Each year, at the State FFA Convention, we honor those who have rendered outstanding service to agriculture or the agricultural education/FFA program with the Honorary State FFA Degree.  Florida FFA will award up to 10 Honorary State FFA Degrees each year, along with five Distinguished Service Citations.

 

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Outstanding Alumni Affiliate Award

Eligibility:
All Alumni Chapters

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The Outstanding Affiliate Award honors FFA Alumni Affiliates for outstanding accomplishments and contributions within their local chapters.  The four finalist applications and the state winner’s applications will be sent on to National to be considered for the National Outstanding Alumni Affiliate.

 

Top five affiliates receive a plaque.  First place affiliate receives $200 and the advisor of the first place chapter receives $100.  Second place affiliate receives $50 and the advisor of the second place chapter receives $50.  The third place affiliate receives $50.  Awards are given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Outstanding District Officer Award

Eligibility:
All District Officers

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The Ryan Rimmer Outstanding District Award recognizes the accomplishments of the state’s top district officer.  The award application evaluates the district officer’s goals, plan of action, and the outcomes of their accomplishments during their year as a district officer.

 

Finalists are recognized and the winner receives a plaque on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Premier Chapter Award

Eligibility:
All Chapters

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To be considered a premier chapter, Senior chapters are required to obtain the maximum amount of points in each category for a total of 260 points, as well as complete the additional Partnership Standard requirements.  Junior and Middle school chapters are required to obtain 230 points and must also complete the Partnership Standard requirements to be considered a Premier Chapter.

 

Premier Chapter Award recipients receive a plaque on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

National Chapter Award


Eligibility:
Middle and High School Chapters

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The National Chapter Award program is designed to award FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using a Program of Activities (PoA) that emphasizes student, chapter and community development. Quality standards have been developed in each area as minimum requirements for recognition in the National Chapter Award program. The FFA mission and strategies should be used as a guide in planning, implementing and assessing accomplishments.  To be considered Florida’s Finest, a chapter must have an active alumni chapter.

 

Applicants selected as Florida’s Finest FFA Chapters each receive a plaque and a spur.  Awards are given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Proficiency Awards

Eligibility:
Members grades sixth – 12th, and members who maintain active membership may apply the year following their high school graduation

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The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.  Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization.  Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Please note that not all award areas are recognized at the state level. Recognized award areas are:

 

Each finalist receives a plaque.  Winner receives an additional plaque and $200.  The advisor of the winner receives $100.  Awards are given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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  • Employer or Instructor’s Statement – The applicant’s most recent employer or agriculture instructor should evaluate and submit a maximum of one page report of the progress the student has made in developing the skills and competencies necessary for success in the particular area of this application.
  • Personal Page – Attach one page of additional information, of your choice, supporting your application for this area. (i.e., Newspaper clippings, additional statements from employer, student work, etc.)

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State FFA Degree

Eligibility:
Refer to the Florida FFA Constitution

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The State FFA is the highest degree that the State FFA Association can bestow on a member. This degree is award annually at the State FFA Convention to those members who have met the minimum qualifications set forth by the National FFA Organization.

 

All recipients recognized and receive a charm on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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State Star Awards

Eligibility:
12th grade members only*

* Members who received their State FFA Degree in a previous year may submit an updated State FFA Degree along with the Star Battery Application

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The Star Farmer, Agribusiness, Agriscience and Agricultural Placement Award represent the best of the best among hundreds of State FFA Degree recipients.  Finalists for the awards have mastered skills in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences in the areas of production, finance, management and/or research.

 

Finalists receive a $100 state award and a plaque.  Winner receives an additional $200 state award, a $300 national award, a plaque and a trophy.  Awards are given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Star Discovery Degree Award

Eligibility:
8th grade members only

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The Star Discovery Degree Award recognizes the state’s top Discovery Degree recipient based on the student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program and other experiences related to FFA and Agricultural Education. All award types (Farmer, Agribusiness, Agriscience and Agricultural Placement) will compete together for this award.

 

Finalists receive a $100 state award and a plaque.  Winner receives an additional $200 state award, a plaque and a trophy.  Awards given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Star Greenhand Degree Award

Eligibility:
10th grade members only

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The Star Greenhand Degree Award recognizes the state’s top Greenhand Degree recipient based on the student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program and other experiences related to FFA and Agricultural Education. All award types (Farmer, Agribusiness, Agriscience and Agricultural Placement) will compete together for this award.

 

Finalists receive a $100 state award and a plaque.  Winner receives an additional $200 state award, a plaque and a trophy.  Awards given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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Star Chapter Degree Award

Eligibility:
11th grade members only

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The Star Chapter Degree Award recognizes the state’s top Chapter Degree recipient based on the student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program and other experiences related to FFA and Agricultural Education. All award types (Farmer, Agribusiness, Agriscience and Agricultural Placement) will compete together for this award.

 

Finalists receive a $100 state award and a plaque.  Winner receives an additional $200 state award, a plaque and a trophy.  Awards given on stage at the State FFA Convention.

 

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