Nebraska FFA Foundation Seeks Nominees for “Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award”

(Lincoln, Neb.) – Members of the Nebraska FFA Foundation are seeking nominations of Nebraska high school agricultural educators/FFA advisors for the 2012 recipient of the “Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award.”

Bob Pedulla, Scottsbluff FFA ag education instructor and FFA Advisor, left of center, is pictured here with Gary Scharf's family.
Bob Pedulla, Scottsbluff FFA ag education instructor and FFA Advisor, left of center, is pictured here with Gary Scharf’s family.

Stacey Agnew, Executive Director of the Foundation, said that nominations for the 2013 award are due March 1. The award will be presented on April 4, during the evening session of the 2013 Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln.

Scharf, who was a victim of an Omaha mall shooting incident, grew up on a family farm near Curtis, NE. He worked in the agricultural chemical industry. Over the years he made contributions to Nebraska’s agricultural and FFA communities through years of service on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board including a year as president in 2002-2003. Agnew said the Foundation Board felt this award was an appropriate way to recognize Scharf’s legacy by recognizing a Nebraska agricultural educator/FFA advisor who personifies school and community citizenship and service—going above and beyond.

The 2012 Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award was presented to Bob Pedulla, agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Scottsbluff High School. He received a plaque and a $500 cash award from the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

In order to be considered for the award, agricultural educators can be nominated by students, colleagues, high school officials, parents and others in the community. Nomination applications can be downloaded from the Nebraska FFA Foundation website at www.neffafoundation.org or by sending an e-mail to information@neffafoundation.org.

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