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Members of the Nebraska FFA Foundation are seeking nominations of Nebraska high school agricultural educators/FFA advisors for the second annual “Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award.”

Tammy Meyer, executive director of the Foundation, said that nominations for the 2010 award are due March 26. The award will be presented on April 8 during the evening session of the 2010 Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln.

Scharf, who was a victim of an Omaha mall shooting incident, 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 through years of service on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board including a year as president in 2002-2003. Meyer said the Foundation Board felt this award was an appropriate way to recognize Scharf’s legacy by recognizing a Nebraska agricultural educator/FFA advisor who personifies school and community citizenship and service—going above and beyond.

The first Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award was presented in 2009 to Steve Schmit, agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Osceola  High School. Schmit was described by nominators as very caring and diligent. He received a plaque and a $500 cash award from the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

In order to be considered for the award, agricultural educators can be nominated by students, colleagues, high school officials, parents and others in the community. Nomination applications can be downloaded from the Nebraska FFA Foundation website at or by sending an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Those who want more information or to be involved with the “Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award” may contact Meyer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .