National Chapter Award
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 if they complete Form II.
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 20 gold applications may be submitted for national competition.
Nebraska also recognizes the top chapters with innovative activities in each of the three divisions: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. The top chapters in each division receive recognition at state convention and a top premier chapter will be chosen in each division.