FFA Students Receive Scholarships

November 25, 2008 10:47 AM

AGCO Corporation is proud to be a sponsor of the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. Scholarships were announced recently at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The program provides individual scholarships worth more than $2.2 million through the National FFA Organization. Recipients of AGCO Corporation sponsored scholarships included students from Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. Eight students received $2,400 each. Their plans include a broad range of agricultural degree programs including education, engineering, business, communications and agronomy.

"These young people are our future agricultural engineers, agronomists, teachers and farmers," says Robert Crain, senior vice president and general manager, AGCO North America and member of the FFA Foundation Sponsors Board. "FFA has played an important role in their development and education, preparing them for the role they will play. For many of us at AGCO, FFA opened the door to our future careers. It is only right that we help FFA do the same for these young people."

More than 8,400 students applied for the awards this past year, with one in five receiving a scholarship for two-year or four-year degrees. Awards are based on a combination of scholastic record, FFA activities and/or work experience and leadership activities.

In addition to the scholarships, the AGCO exhibit at the convention offered FFA members an opportunity to discuss future career options with AGCO employees staffing it, many of whom were former FFA members themselves.

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