NATIONAL CHAPTER AWARD
A central component of a successful FFA chapter is having a strong Program of Activities, or POA. The POA is designed to address three major pillars: Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture. Chapters who develop and implement an outstanding POA are eligible for recognition in the National Chapter Award Program.
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. Additionally, the chapter must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards.
SUPERIOR CHAPTER AWARD
Every chapter that meets the minimum quality chapter standards and completes Form I will qualify as a 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 Gold, Silver and Bronze chapter awards.
GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE CHAPTER AWARDS
To compete for 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. 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.
NATIONAL FFA STAR CHAPTER AWARDS
Chapters that receive a gold rating by their state FFA associations are eligible to compete for National FFA 3-star, 2-star or 1-star ratings. Each chapter that competes for these awards will receive a multi-year plaque and a spur designating their 3-star, 2-star or 1-star rating. They will receive additional spurs for each year they compete and receive a rating from the National FFA Organization. Chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the National Premier Chapter Awards, Models of Excellence, and Middle School Models of Excellence Awards.
NATIONAL PREMIER CHAPTER AWARDS
The national level also recognizes the top chapters with innovative activities in each of the three divisions: growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. The top ten chapters in each division receive a National FFA Premier Chapter Award plaque. Of those top ten in each division, a top premier chapter will be chosen in each division. Only 3-star chapters are eligible for premier chapter awards.
NATIONAL MODELS OF EXCELLENCE
Ten high school chapters will be chosen as Models of Excellence chapters. These National FFA Models of Excellence chapters exhibit exemplary qualities in all categories of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. An overall national winner will be chosen out of the Models of Excellence chapters. Only 3-star high school chapters are eligible for the Models of Excellence awards.
NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL MODELS OF EXCELLENCE
Five middle school chapters will be selected as Middle School Models of Excellence chapters. The National FFA Middle School Models of Excellence chapters exhibit exemplary qualities in all categories of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. An overall national winner will be chosen out of the Middle School Models of Excellence chapters. Only 3-star middle school chapters are eligible for the Middle School Models of Excellence awards.