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  Presidential Scholars in CTE Nominations, Alumni & Supporters Scholarships and Officer Intents, CREW Mtg, Feedback NEEDED!  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  9/7/2021 3:00:00 PM  


State Leadership CREW meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.  - Click here for the agenda - the meeting will be about an hour.

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2021 - 2022 Illinois FFA Rosters - DUE October 1, 2021

2021 - 2022 Chapter Strategic Plan - DUE October 1, 2021

  • Please click here for Chapter Strategic Plan instructions.  

Feedback Needed - REALLY need to get teachers to complete the Fall Survey to help us plan for BUILD Conference and other Fall events.  

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Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****

  1. U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Nominations

  2. Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Scholarships

  3. Illinois FFA Alumni Council Officer Letter of Intent

1.U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Nominations

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program honors students based on outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education (CTE) fields. Therefore, in addition to the general nominations, ISBE is also asking administrators, counselors, and teachers to nominate?up to five CTE students per school?from their jurisdiction to be included as candidates for recognition for excellence in CTE.


All high school seniors who are participants in a CTE program graduating between January and June of 2022 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible.

Applications must be submitted to? by?4 p.m. Oct. 8.

For additional information about the program, visit the?U.S. Department of Education U.S. Presidential Scholars Program page. ISBE will review the applications it receives and select the top 10 male and top 10 female general U.S. Presidential Scholars and the top five CTE students. ISBE will submit nominations to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in November.?ED will notify any students who advance to the level of semifinalist/finalist level.

2.   Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Scholarships

The Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters will once again be offering alumni scholarships for these conferences in 2022:  Ground Zero Conference, Washington Leadership Conference (National FFA will release the WLC Conference registration later in November), and FFA Leadership Camp.  Please note that none of these events have set their registration cost, so the amount of the scholarship(s) will be announced at a later date.

Please note you must have an active Alumni Chapter by July 1, 2021 to apply for these scholarships.  Here is the active 2020-2021 alumni chapter listing.

If you have 2 applicants, please make the decision at the local level on who should complete the Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters application.

If the conference/camp is cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions, the Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters will not carryover the scholarship to the next year.

WLC & Ground Zero Scholarship Applications are due by November 1, 2021 and both require the FFA Advisor to reply to the submitted application with a short paragraph about the student applying for the scholarship.  

Please see these links to review the scholarship instructions, rubric, and complete the applications. The instructions include the date/sites for the Ground Zero Conference.

Scholarship Instructions, Sample Questions, Scoring Rubric, Application Links

Ground Zero Conference Scholarship Application

Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship Application

If you have any questions about these scholarships or if you are questioning your inactive alumni chapter, please email Patti Davis at

3.  Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Council Officer Letter of Intent

Would you like to run for the Vice President, Secretary, Reporter, Treasurer spots on the Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters Council?  Then please complete this letter of intent, sign, and mail to the IL FFA Alumni and Supporters.  DUE - October 1, 2021 - Illinois FFA Alumni Council Letter of Intent 


**** PREVIOUS Information Shared - WORTH Sharing Again****


***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***  

Please NOTE, if you click on Dates & Deadlines it will take you to the calendar.  

  • September 7, 2021 - District 5 STAR Conference, SIUC, SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, 1205 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

  • September 9, 2021 - Chapter Visits rehearsal

  • September 10, 2021 - District 4 STAR Conference, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

  • September 13, 2021 - LAST Day to order FFA Day w/ the Cardinals tickets 

  • September 17, 2021 - Elite Conference 

  • September 18, 2021 - State Horse CDE, Black Hawk College East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Rd, Galva, IL 61434, USA

  • September 20, 2021 - FFA Board Virtual Meeting at 3:30 p.m. 

  • September 20 - 24, 2021 - Chapter Visits

  • September 25, 2021 - State Forestry CDE, SIUC, SIU College of Agricultural Sciences, 1205 Lincoln Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

  • September 27 - October 1, 2021 - Chapter Visits

  • October 1, 2021 - FFA Roster DUE

  • October 1, 2021 - FFA Strategic Plan DUE

  • October 3, 2021 - Illinois FFA Day with the Cardinals, St. Louis, MO

  • October 4 - 8, 2021 - Chapter Visits

  • October 11, 2021 - Columbus Day - FFA CENTER CLOSED

  • October 12, 2021 - State Land Use CDE

  • October 27 - 30, 2021 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

  • October 31, 2021 - IAVAT Dues Deadline

  • November 1, 2021 - WLC Alumni Scholarship Application DUE 

  • November 8 - 12, 2021 - Chapter Visits

  • November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day - FFA CENTER CLOSED

  • November 12, 2021 - ICAE Meeting

  • November 13, 2021 - Alumni Council Meeting, FFA Center, Springfield, IL

  • November 15 - 19, 2021 - Chapter Visits

  • November 20, 2021 - State Ag Sales CDE - Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL 62703, USA

  • November 25 - 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving - FFA CENTER CLOSED

  • December 6 - 10, 2021 - Chapter Visits

  • December 11, 2021 - State Agronomy & Dairy Foods CDE

  • January 15, 2022 - American FFA Degree Applications DUE - Illinois Procedures - American FFA Degree

Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
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