A banquet honoring the Class of 2013 Ford Leadership Scholars was held on Thursday, January 2, in Austin, Texas.
This event allowed the scholars the opportunity to showcase the leadership projects they have chosen this past semester through exhibit-style booths in the Capitol Sheraton Hotel. Texas Ford representatives, mentors, parents and special guests toured the exhibits and asked students questions about their projects.
During the banquet, Commissioner Todd Staples of the Texas Department of Agriculture spoke to those in attendance regarding the importance of leadership in our country today.
“This evening represents a commitment to making sure that our state and our nation is on the right track” said Staples. “We have to think about developing leaders; that is what we celebrate tonight.”
The scholars presented their mentors with a gift, and the banquet concluded with the scholars receiving their “diplomas” stating their completion of the 2013 Ford Leadership Scholars program.
Each year the program selects 10 students, one from each area, which are highly motivated with a deep interest in the topic of leadership. The scholars have a tremendous opportunity to grow as leaders through the training they receive, the relationship with their mentor and the exposure they will have to key business and industry leaders.
The Ford Leadership Scholars program focuses on six characteristics of leadership: action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement. More than 200 FFA members applied to be a part of the program through a process that included an extensive online application, exam over an assigned leadership text, telephone interview and a day-long behavioral interview.
“Fostering effective, visionary servant leadership is vitally important to the future of our state and nation. I believe the Ford Leadership Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for FFA members to develop their potential to lead a life of influence and for the FFA to create a legacy of leadership for communities across Texas,” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard.