Whitney Thomas grew up in Grand Ridge. She graduated from Sneads High School in 2013, and currently attends Chipola College. Thomas is the daughter of Jason and Rhonda Thomas. She is the grand-daughter of Diane and the late Doug Mercer, Jane Thomas, and Jimmy and Linda Thomas.
Thomas was raised on a cattle farm. She helped with daily feeding, working of cows, pulling calves, and cattle marketing. Thomas helped with the hay production, including the planting, harvesting, and weekly feeding. Thomas was has also been surrounded by peanut production her entire life. Her father, uncles, and grandfather have been involved in planting, harvesting, and hauling peanuts.
Thomas was involved with 4-H throughout her childhood, and entered the FFA in 6th grade at Grand Ridge Middle School, and continued her FFA journey at Sneads High School. During her time in FFA she showed cattle, participated in a number of judging teams, competitive events, and chapter activities. Thomas’ complete FFA resume of projects, leadership, and educational event participation earned her the State FFA Degree, which is the highest honor an FFA member can receive at the state level.
The Farm City Scholarship is selected by a committee of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Selection criteria for this scholarship are: pursuing a college degree in agriculture, a college student from a farm family, leadership and participation in 4-H and FFA.