Sara Braasch Schmidt was an active member of the Payette FFA Chapter and served as Idaho State FFA President in 1989-90.

Sara participated in the Washington Leadership Conference in 1986 and was a Counselor in 1991 and Director in 1992. She saw WLC as a life changing event personally and for thousands of members who participated while she was on staff. Sara’s goal is to help additional Idaho FFA members participate in this incredible program.

Sara also won the State Public Speaking Career Development Event in 1988 and was grateful for the experience she earned and poise she gained from that competition. 

Sara spent her successful career in agriculture and natural resources and often told people her time in FFA is what made everything else possible!  

Highlights of Sara’s professional career included service on Capitol Hill during the 1996 Farm Bill for Senator Larry Craig and as Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association. After that she was appointed by President George W. Bush’s to serve as Regional Assistant Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Beginning in 2011 Sara was President of her own company, Summit Business Solutions.

During her lifetime, Sara was a champion for Agricultural Education and Idaho FFA. Upon her untimely passing June 5, 2016 at the age of 45 following a courageous battle with cancer, and with Sara’s foresight and planning, the Idaho FFA Foundation Sara Braasch Schmidt Endowment Fund was established to permanently provide Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships to Idaho FFA members as well as financial support to the state Prepared Public Speaking winner for travel to nationals. The Sara Braasch Schmidt Endowment Fund is set-up at the Idaho Community Foundation for the Idaho FFA Foundation. All memorials gifts to the Idaho FFA Foundation honoring Sara will go into this endowment fund, along with a major gift from her estate, to forever fund on an annual basis WLC scholarships and a cash award for the state Prepared Public Speaking winner to help with their travel to compete at the National FFA Convention. Idaho FFA will forever be grateful for Sara’s contributions during her lifetime, and her legacy will continue through ongoing support to Idaho FFA members through this fund. Memorial gifts honoring Sara may be sent to: Idaho FFA Foundation Sara Braasch Schmidt Endowment PO Box 870 Meridian, ID 83680 Please contact us directly to make a gift with a credit card

2018 Sara Braasch Schmidt WLC Scholarship Recipients:


lazie Gilder, Troy FFA Chapter ​Wyatt Bell, Kuna FFA Chapter

2017 Sara Braasch Schmidt WLC Scholarship Recipients:


Savannah Stroebel, Kuna FFA Chapter


​Harrison Jansen van Beek, Middleton FFA Chapter

2016 Sara Braaasch Schmidt WLC Scholarship Recipient:


McKayla Graham, Rigby FFA Chapter