Each year the Texas FFA Association awards more than $1 million in scholarships to deserving members. Among those commendable students are several Detroit ISD students who recently received scholarships that will help go towards their post-secondary education next year.
Seniors Alexus Eudy, Matthew Marquez, Eric Minter, Dusty Brown, and former Detroit graduate Trey Denny are all recipients from the National FFA Organization scholarship program.
Eudy is receiving two scholarships totaling $3,500. One of those came from Fastline Media Group for $2,000 and the second from The Bayer Corporation America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program for $1,500.
She will be attending Texas Tech University this fall to major in Agriculture Education.
Marquez received a $2,500 scholarship from the Mahindra USA Corporation Urban Ag Scholarship Program. He will be attending Texas A & M University in College Station this fall to major in Geophysics, where he plans to work for NASA, all while continuing to promote Agriculture.
Minter, who will be attending Tyler Junior College this fall to receive a degree to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Ford Truck/Built Ford Tough Motor Company Scholarship Program.
Also, receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Truck/Built Ford Tough Motor Company was classmate Dusty Brown. He will be attending Paris Junior College this fall and will be working toward a degree to help him qualify to become a Texas State Trooper.
Detroit FFA Collegiate member Trey Denny received a $2,500 scholarship from the Chevy Truck Corporate Scholarship Program from Chevrolet Motor Company; this is his second consecutive year to gain scholarship money from this program.
Denny is a 2018 graduate of Detroit High School and is currently a sophomore at Paris Junior College.
He will be attending Texas A & M University in College Station this fall to major in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Economics, where he plans to work in Genetics and Ranch Management.
All applicants were judged by the National FFA Organization and scored on FFA leadership, activities, projects, community service, school involvement, careers, their ACT or SAT score, GPA, class rank, and more.
“It is a tough process like any scholarship, but I always encourage my students to try. There are so many scholarships each year that go unclaimed, and you never know what you can accomplish if you are not willing to try and do the work,” said Detroit FFA teacher.
With over 6,880 students applied nationwide this year with 1,300 receiving scholarships from major corporations. Detroit FFA students accumulated $10,500 in scholarships through this year’s program.