Nominate a Deserving Ag Teacher for the “Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award”

Donelle Johnson (middle right), recipient of the 2013 Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award, is pictured with members of Gary Scharf's family.
Donelle Johnson (middle right), recipient of the 2013 Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award, is pictured with members of Gary Scharf’s family.

The Nebraska FFA Foundation is now seeking nominations of Nebraska high school agricultural educators/FFA advisors for the 2014 recipient of the Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award.

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. It’s our pleasure to honor Gary Scharf’s legacy by awarding an agricultural educator and FFA advisor with the Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award each year. The selected advisor personifies school and community citizenship and service and goes above and beyond for their community and school.

The 2013 Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award was presented to Donelle Johnson, former Executive Director of the Nebraska FFA Association. She received a plaque and a $500 cash award from the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

In order to be considered for the award, agricultural educators must be nominated by students, colleagues, high school officials, parents or others in the community. Nominations for the 2014 award must be postmarked by March 1 and with the award presentation taking place at the 2014 Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln.

Download your nomination application from the Nebraska FFA Foundation’s website.

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