Nominate a Nebraska FFA advisor for Gary Scharf Helping Hand award

Nominate a Nebraska FFA advisor for Gary Scharf Helping Hand award
February 3rd, 2024 | News Release

The Nebraska FFA Foundation is now seeking nominations of Nebraska high school agriculture teachers and FFA advisors for the 2024 recipient of the Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award.

Scharf was a victim of an Omaha mall shooting incident and grew up on a family farm near Curtis, NE. He worked in the agricultural chemical industry. Over the years, he made contributions to Nebraska’s agricultural and FFA communities.

The selected advisor should personify school and community citizenship and service and go above and beyond for their community and school.

The 2023 Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award was presented to Kurt VanDeWalle from the Fillmore Central FFA Chapter. He received a plaque and a $500 cash award from the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

In order to be considered for the award, agricultural educators must be nominated by students, colleagues, high school officials, parents or others in the community. Nominations for the 2024 award must be submitted on the Nebraska FFA Foundation website at

The deadline is March 1 and the award presentation will take place during the 2024 Nebraska FFA Convention.


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