ST. LOUIS – Amanda Smee of Conroe, Texas, is the recipient of the 2020 Left Turns for Learning Scholarship, sponsored by the DEKALB® brand in partnership with NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer.

The $10,138 FFA scholarship is presented to Smee who is exceptional in both academics and leadership with plans to pursue degrees in agricultural economics and accounting at Tarleton State University this fall. Since Smee was young, she participated in the family cattle operation, 4-H and FFA, which has led her to pursue active roles in FFA leadership and career development events, as well as livestock showing. Smee also dedicates her time as senior class officer, and is a member of National Honor Society and Texas Farm Bureau. 

Klein Collins FFA advisor, Heather Davis, was integral in the scholarship application process and describes Amanda as a “one-of-a-kind student who is hard working and driven.” Davis added, “Any time she is given a challenge or task, Amanda will do anything it takes to get it done. She takes things into her own hands and makes the most of any situation, always putting her best effort into everything – whether it’s outstanding grades in school, tending to her FFA projects or raising cattle with her family. It’s evident it’s not a job for her – it’s a passion, and the Left Turns for Learning scholarship is a wonderful opportunity helping students exercise that passion by furthering their education. There’s nothing better than giving back by making an investment into the future of agriculture.”

“The DEKALB brand is proud to partner with the National FFA and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer to invest in future agricultural leaders,” said Kathleen McKittrick, DEKALB Brand Manager. “This scholarship represents a future fueled by performance that will help the overall ag industry achieve great things.”

Driver Clint Bowyer completed 267 laps during the Kansas Speedway NASCAR race on October 20, 2019 to fund a $10,138 FFA scholarship. The Left Turns for Learning Scholarship was created by DEKALB and Asgrow to help students achieve their goals and advance the agriculture industry by focusing on performance. The scholarship amount was determined by the number of laps Bowyer completed with the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang.

Through the National FFA Organization, more than 6,800 students applied to scholarships online, with applicants considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every four students who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships were available to students pursuing two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.82 on a 4.0 scale. This year marks the 36th year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships offered. Since then, more than $50 million has been awarded in scholarship funds through FFA. The selection process takes into account the whole student, including FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience, community service, leadership skills, academics and financial need. FFA has awarded more than $2 million to 1,324 recipients. A list of recipients is available on the FFA scholarship webpage at FFA.org/Scholarships.


About Bayer
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About National FFA Organization 

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of more than 700,000 student members as part of 8,600 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and official news page of the National FFA Organization. 


About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Daniel Suárez. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with two fulltime entries – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer and the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.



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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to FFA members who meet the eligibility rules above, have a 3.0 GPA, and meet

the National FFA scholarship requirements; excluding employees, family and household members of Sponsor or

its affiliates. One scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year will be awarded to one student chosen by the National

FFA. For a copy of the Official Rules, visit FFA.org/scholarships. Sponsor: Monsanto Company, 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63167.

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