Alan and Sherry Stowers Endow Scholarship to Honor Their Son
Three generations of the Stowers clan have participated in FFA in Indiana.
One of their sons, Travis Stowers, a dedicated FFA member, participated in the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) just before his death. Since his death, many donations were made in honor of Travis. This is why his parents, Alan and Sherry, created an endowment to fund the Travis Stowers Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship.
Travis hoped to win a National FFA livestock competition but died before he had the opportunity. His younger brothers, Jared and Clayton, went on to win on the same team.
“Travis enjoyed agriculture and farming and animals; he lived and breathed FFA,” his parents said. “At the Washington Leadership Conference, during the last week of July in 2001, he volunteered at a food kitchen, learned a lot of history and wrote a letter to himself that we received just after Christmas."
Based on Travis’s experience, the Stowerses felt that “everyone should have the ability to go to WLC and have that experience.” When people wanted to give gifts in memory of Travis, the Stowerses (knowing the power and positive effects FFA and WLC can have on members' lives) decided to create an endowment. To them and to Travis, FFA has always been about “faith and family.”
Alan Stowers is a Caterpillar technician and farmer, while Sherry is a kindergarten teacher. They farm a thousand acres in Clinton County, Indiana.
“The things I learned in FFA are almost a daily part of my life, from running a meeting to doing public speaking to really anything at Caterpillar,” Alan said. Sherry added that she has appreciated “the sheer joy that the boys had in reaching their FFA goals.”
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