Lyford student named Ford Leadership Scholar

LYFORD — Travis Davis has been selected as a Ford Leadership Scholar by the Texas FFA Association.

Davis, a Lyford CISD student, is one of 10 Texas FFA agriculture students selected last month for the 2017-2018 class of Ford Leadership Scholars.

Davis was not available for comment.

The participants are juniors in high school, and are chosen based on six characteristics of leadership: action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement.

The program provides an intense hands-on leadership development experience through community service projects, apprentice-type scenarios and interaction with nationally-recognized leaders.

Davis and the other scholars will have a tremendous opportunity to grow as leaders through the training they will receive, the relationship with their mentor, and the exposure they will have to key business and industry leaders.

After completing the program, past participants will be targeted as candidates for internships in the agriculture industry and policy development. Ford Scholars alumni will be promoted to industry leaders throughout Texas and during the Texas legislative session.

“I believe the Ford Leadership Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for FFA members to develop their potential to lead a life of influence and for the FFA to create a legacy of leadership for communities across Texas,” said Austin Large, Texas FFA executive director.

The program is funded by an endowment established by the Ford Motor Company, Texas Ford dealers and the Texas FFA Foundation to enhance the leadership opportunities of the Texas FFA members.

Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon completion of the program.

The Texas FFA Association is an agricultural youth leadership organization that has operated as an integral part of the state’s agricultural education curriculum since 1929.

The organization is the nation’s largest state FFA association with membership of more than 119,000 members in more than 1,000 high school and middle school campuses.

The following students were selected as Ford Leadership Scholars by Texas FFA:

Travis Davis, Lyford FFA

Tatum Whitewood, Sanger FFA

Conner Neumann, Bellville FFA

Riley McKinzie, Stephenville FFA

Hunter Hackley, Jacksbora FFA

Erin Steglich, Holland FFA

Caroline Rains, Henderson FFA

Samantha Barnett, Florence FFA

Luke Dotson, Dawson FFA

Addison Elstner, Weimar FFA

Ford Leadership Scholars overview

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

The purpose of the program is to: 1) Identify students who exhibit high levels of leadership at the chapter level. 2) Engage these identified students in a leadership development program created to enhance those qualities of leadership. 3) Recognize the scholars to build a remarkable legacy for the future of our state and nation.