The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities (PoA), which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to Grow Leaders, Build Communities, and Strengthen Agriculture.
In order to qualify for a state or national award, your chapter must complete at least 15 activities - one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions (Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture). Additionally, the chapter must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards.
State Superior Chapter Award
Every chapter that meets the minimum quality chapter standards and completes Form I will qualify as a state superior chapter. To do this, chapters need to conduct one activity related to each quality standard in addition to meeting the minimum criteria outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards. Chapters receive a superior chapter certificate each year they achieve this level. The chapter will also be eligible to compete for their state’s Gold, Silver and Bronze chapter awards.
State Gold, Silver and Bronze Chapter Awards
To compete for state gold, silver or bronze awards, chapters must qualify for the superior chapter award and complete Form II. Chapters use Form II to report goals, plans of action and results/evaluation on three activities for each division. State judges rank the chapters as gold, silver or bronze based on the rubric. Chapters receive a multi-year plaque and yearly plaque inserts, commonly known as spurs, specifying the level achieved each year.
The state’s top three gold chapter award winners (or the number equal to 10 percent of the state’s total number of chapters, if that number is higher) are eligible to compete for the National FFA Star Chapter Awards.
Timeline, Tips and Submission
The application process begins at the state level, with applications due to the Nebraska FFA state office by March 1.
View a (12 minute) video about completing the application here.
Submit applications (Form I and Form II content) by March 1 here.
Learn more about the award program and how to apply by visiting the National FFA site!