The National FFA Foundation has created a new endowment to memorialize the lives of National FFA Center employee Lisa Stone and her husband, Dan.
The Lisa and Dan Stone Memorial Endowment will provide an annual scholarship for a deserving student who demonstrates the ability to champion FFA and agricultural education through the use of new media.
Lisa was a web developer who played critical roles in many of National FFA’s online successes. An employee since 2007, she led a host of projects, including our efforts to establish and grow our social media sites, design and improve our websites and various program-specific pages within FFA.org and to substantially grow and enhance the way we’re able to accept and process our scholarship applications each year.
Lisa had her hands in so many projects and endeavors – too many to name – and that speaks volumes about her dedication to the students we serve and the FFA mission. She worked extremely hard, provided exceptional forward-thinking input and pleasantly collaborated with many people to ensure all projects were successful.
Lisa and Dan Stone, a field computer technician with Dell Computers, were a couple before she began her job at FFA and were married this past April. Dan frequently visited the National FFA Center and the couple went to lunch together often — sometimes every day of the week. Dan also volunteered his time at the national FFA convention, providing help in setting up the web team’s operations at Conseco Fieldhouse.
On July 3 while they were headed to a movie, Lisa and Dan were killed instantly when a full-size pickup crossed the center line on Ind. 37 near Noblesville and hit their car head on. To honor their lives, to recognize Lisa’s hard work and dedication to FFA and to forever memorialize the couple by doing exactly what Lisa did in life – provide opportunities for FFA members to succeed – the National FFA Foundation along with Lisa and Dan’s surviving family and friends created the Lisa and Dan Stone Memorial Endowment.
Starting in 2012, this endowment will provide a scholarship each year to a college-bound FFA member who best utilizes new media to promote FFA and agricultural education. The new scholarship joins hundreds of other scholarship opportunities totaling more than $2 million available through FFA each year.
Lisa’s commitment to the youth we serve and to our FFA mission was evident each day through her forward-thinking work, her dedication, her eagerness to help anyone at any time, her sense of humor, her comforting way and her bright smile. She was the force driving FFA efforts to be highly accessible and available online to students throughout the nation. Creating this lasting endowment is one way we honor and remember Lisa and Dan and uphold Lisa’s desire through everything she did to help enrich the lives of FFA members.
Funding for the creation of the endowment has come from family, friends, FFA staff and employees and general FFA supporters.
Gifts are now being accepted to fund the endowment and make the new media scholarship available for the first time in 2012. To make a contribution, visit https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=650 and select the “Lisa and Dan Stone Memorial Scholarship” from the Program Area drop down list.