Royse City student Kaitlynn Hughes recognized as Ford Leadership Scholar – Blue Ribbon News

Hughes is one of 10 Texas FFA students selected to start year-long community service projects

ROYSE CITY, TX (November 22, 2021) Members of the Ford Leadership Scholars Program of the Texas FFA have started their community service projects and trainees for the academic year, including Kaitlynn Hughes of Royse City. Through the Texas FFA Foundation and the Texas FFA Association’s partnership with Ford Motor Company and Texas Ford Dealers, outstanding youngsters heading into their senior year are selected for a practical driving program.

“The Ford Leadership Scholars program has grown exponentially over the years and we are excited to see the projects our next chapter has planned to benefit their community,” said Jennifer Jackson, Texas FFA Executive Director. “These 10 students are leaders in the making and we know that with the leadership skills gained, they will reach incredible heights.”

Hughes was selected for the leadership program based on her dedication to serving the FFA, her belief in the value of improving the community, and her work in putting the “Live for Service” mission into action. Through her time in various leadership roles and pushing herself to new frontiers, she has demonstrated her ability to positively impact not only the members of the FFA but everyone around her.

To be honored as a Ford Leadership Scholar is a real achievement. More than one hundred FFA members in Texas apply annually and go through a rigorous interview process to select students who truly embody the FFA’s “Live for Service” mission. Students like Hughes complete an online application, take an exam on the assigned driving text, give a phone interview, and are part of a day-long behavioral interview as well.

What does the Ford Leadership Scholars program entail?

The Ford Leadership Scholars Program provides a comprehensive development experience for students through trainee-type scenarios and interaction with nationally recognized leaders. During this time, students complete a year-long community service project to fill a need they see within their city from building greenhouses at their school to starting agricultural education to hosting life skills classes for other teens and young adults. Selected students also receive a $1,000 academic scholarship to support their education.

All 10 students selected met criteria to represent six key characteristics of leadership: work, relationships, vision, character, awareness, and continuous improvement. The next batch of Ford Leadership Scholars will be selected in Spring 2022.

About the Texas FFA

Texas FFA is a student organization for future leaders who use scientific and agricultural learning to solve real-world problems. Founded in 1929, the organization is today the largest FFA in the United States with more than 137,530 members, and awards more than $2.3 million in scholarships each year. Texas FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state, and national competitions. For more information please visit

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