Again this year, Georgia FFA is taking a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the
Washington Leadership Conference. WLC is the premier leadership event
offered by the National FFA Organization. It is a week of outstanding
leadership training and touring our nation's capital. Students work with
other FFA members from across the nation and are led by a conference staff
made of former state and national FFA officers. It is an incredible
experience, and I hope you'll encourage leaders in your chapter to attend.


The dates for the WLC bus trip are June 20-26, 2016. The student conference
fee is $1,025 and the advisor fee is $1,112. This fee covers most meals,
lodging, conference material, and bus transportation. A registration form is
attached. All WLC registration material is due to the State FFA Office on
April 1. A $450 deposit is due with the registration form. The remaining
balance for WLC is due to the State FFA Office by May 13. Please make all
checks payable to the Georgia FFA Association. Do not use the Ag Career
Network to register. Please send all registration information to the State
FFA Office. 


Thanks to the Georgia FFA Foundation and its generous sponsors, several
scholarships are available. The scholarship application is attached and can
also be downloaded from the Georgia FFA website. The scholarship application
process is competitive. Priority is given to 10th and 11th grade FFA
members. Students who have previously attended WLC are not eligible to
receive scholarships. Scholarship applications are due to your region office
on March 1, 2016. Please have students submit a copy of the WLC Registration
Form along with their scholarship application. Submitting the registration
form along with the scholarship application will not register your student
for WLC. However, it will ensure that we have registration information for
scholarship recipients prior to the April 1 deadline. 


In addition to scholarships, students can help raise money for the trip by
conducting fundraisers or working with sponsors, such as their local FFA
Alumni, local businesses, and other FFA supporters. A list of fundraising
ideas is on the Conferences page of the Georgia FFA website.


Each year, participation in the WLC bus trip has grown. There are only a
certain number of seats that we can fill on the bus. I encourage you to send
your registration information in early to secure your member's spot.
Advisors can attend WLC as well! The conference is a great opportunity to
tour our nation's capital and network with other teachers from Georgia and
around the country. Advisors can also earn PLU credit for attending.  


Please encourage your members to attend this life-changing week of the
Washington Leadership Conference. It will be a decision they never regret.
If you or your students are interested in more information or have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (706) 552-4457. 



Erin N. Nessmith

Leadership Program Specialist

Georgia FFA Association

(706) 552-4457