Domino’s delivers FFA grant to local student

VTEC’s Kirsten Franks will use $1,000 grant to operate, work at an ag-related business or conduct research

VISALIA – Those who never find a career path may find themselves delivering pizzas for the rest of their life. One Visalia student not only knows what she wants to do for a living, she’ll be thanking those who deliver pizzas for helping make it happen.

Domino’s, the nation’s second largest pizza chain, has awarded a $1,000 Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grant to Kirsten Franks, a member of the FFA chapter at Visalia Technical Early College (VTEC). SAE grants are designed to help FFA members create or expand Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion, FFA members must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

Domino’s was among 32 sponsors of this year’s SAE grants. Franks’ application was selected from among 1,086 applications nationwide. She was one of only four students from California to receive a grant from the National FFA Organization. National FFA is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook and Twitter.

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. A separately registered nonprofit organization, the foundation is governed by a board of trustees that includes the national FFA president, educators, business leaders and individual donors. For more, visit

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