Jim Graham Scholarship

The Jim Graham Leadership Scholarship is a $1,000 college scholarship offered by the Cooperative Council to a graduating high school senior. Teens are only eligible if they have attended Cooperative Leadership Camp while they were in high school. The recipient is selected by a committee based understanding of the cooperative movement, leadership, extracurricular activities, community involvement and demonstration of self motivation.  

Background: James Allen “Jim” Graham personified North Carolina agriculture as the state’s longest serving agriculture commissioner. Jim Graham was the face of North Carolina agriculture for nearly 40 years, earning him the nickname “The Sod Father,” and induction into the North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame. Jim Graham believed in youth education and our Cooperative Leadership Camp.  He even visited one summer by way of helicopter, landing at the FFA Center, where the current dinning hall is. 

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Jim Graham Scholarship Awardees

Check out our past awardees below! 

Tyler Gupton, 2021

Sponsored by Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Ahoskie, NC. View his acceptance video here. 

Haley Sears, 2020

Sponsored by Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, NC.
View her acceptance video here.

Ty Randleman, 2019

Sponsored by Star Communications in Clinton, NC.

Autumn Biggie, 2018

Sponsored by Ag Carolina Farm Credit in Raleigh, NC.

Anna Curry, 2017

Sponsored by Cooperative Council of NC in Raleigh, NC.