Murray FFA

Pictured, from left, are Josh Tubbs, TVA government relations specialist regional relations-North Region; Lane Holmes, Sentinel; Grayson Gibson, vice president, Carson Gilliam, president; Mary Beth Paschall, Murray Electric System marketing; Justin Holland, Murray Electric safety coordinator; Kelly Parr, secretary; Ryann Doss, treasurer; Farris Howard, reporter; and Brittany Forgey, Murray Independent FFA chapter advisor.

MURRAY – The Murray Independent FFA Chapter has been awarded a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc., a TVA retiree organization, to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects to help spark student interest in future careers in STEM-related fields.

Teachers across TVA’s seven-state region applied for funding of up to $5,000 for projects, and 233 applications were selected.

 “We are excited to have this funding to support hands-on activities and programs that help students develop skills that can apply to real-world problem solving,” said Brittany Forgey, Murray Independent FFA advisor. “We want to open doors to high quality, rewarding jobs for our students, and the grant will help us introduce them to these subjects from a young age.”

Schools who are awarded grants must receive their power from a local power company served by TVA. Murray Independent FFA in conjunction with Murray High School is served by the Murray Electric Company.

The Murray Independent FFA Chapter will use the grant to build and complete the construction of a greenhouse.

“TVA is committed to supporting STEM education to help develop today’s students into tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and IT professionals,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “It’s inspiring to be able to contribute to the innovators of the next generation.”

Since 2018, TVA and BVI have awarded nearly $2 million in STEM grants to support local education.

A full list of grant recipients, and information on how to apply for a future STEM grant can be found at