National FFA Scholarship awarded to local student

Published 10:08 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thomas Fox, a rising junior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and lifelong resident of Capron, has been awarded the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship.

“Being awarded this scholarship means a lot to my parents and I,” said Fox. “Especially because it comes from Monsanto, which is so focused on making agricultural communities better.”

He plans to use the scholarship, valued at $1,500, to continue his education at Virginia Tech, where he studies agribusiness.

“I’m not really sure yet what I’m going to take do with my major, whether I’m going to farm or work for a corporation that works with agriculture,” Fox said. “Whatever I do it will be to improve the great industry that is agriculture.”

The National Future Farmers of America organization partners with Monsanto to award this scholarship to more than 2,000 recipients each year.

The 2015 scholarship recipients were selected from more than 7,000 applicants. Applicants are judged on leadership experience, academic record, extracurricular activities including participation in the FFA and work experience in the agriculture or agricultural education.