Little Switzerland FFA member Alaina Gebel awarded pair of National FFA Scholarships

Alaina Gebel ...
Alaina Gebel ...

The National FFA Organization has awarded a pair of scholarships to Waukon High School 2023 graduated senior Alaina Gebel, a member of the Little Switzerland FFA Chapter at Waukon High. Gebel plans to use the scholarship funding to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education and Agronomy at Iowa State University in Ames.

The awards include a $1,500 scholarship from Grow Ag Leaders from the Bayer Fund, and the second scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, is a part of the Robert and Pauline Wells Scholarship. The funding for the National FFA scholarship program comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals. Scholarships support either two-year or four-year degrees, as well as vocational programs, and range in size from $500 to full tuition for four years.

The 2022-2023 scholarship recipients were selected from 6,345 applicants from across the country. This year the National FFA Organization supported 840 students through its scholarship program. Currently, 411 sponsors and donors contributed close to $1.6 million to support scholarships for students. Selections were based on the applicants’ leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of more than 850,000 student members as part of 8,600 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA’s 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 and on Facebook and Twitter.

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations, and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. A separately registered nonprofit organization, the Foundation is governed by a board of trustees that includes the national FFA president, educators, business leaders and individual donors. For more, visit