The SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) is a required component of a total agricultural education program and intended for every student. Through their involvement in the SAE program, students are able to consider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected workplace behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment. Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities
However, some students are unable to finance or fully finance the SAE that they would like to explore and develop. While there are options for them to do in-school SAEs at no cost, many students have a passion for areas such as landscaping, raising sheep or developing a community garden and are unable to do so because of costs.
A $500 SAE Grant allows a FFA member to start or expand their SAE through the purchase of necessary equipment, livestock or supplies. Grants are awarded based primarily on financial need. Grant recipients are selected by a committee and the advisor’s statement is crucially important in establishing the financial need and eligibility of the applicant. The SAE grant program has shown tremendous benefit to members who would like to expand their program but need some assistance to do so.
If you would like to be the benefactor of an SAE grant please go to the Gift of Blue catalog and chose an amount between $250-$500.