Rushville Republican

Agriculture

January 21, 2013

Smith Implements and FFA award scholarships to local FFA members

RUSHVILLE — INDIANAPOLIS – Smith Implements announced they are partnering with John Deere and FFA to award college scholarships to local FFA members. This is the inaugural year of the John Deere Dealer Scholarship Program, which is administered by The National FFA Organization. The program will award up to $250,000 in local scholarships annually.

Smith Implements and John Deere are sponsoring five $2,000 scholarships through the National FFA Scholarship program. These scholarships will provide financial aid to FFA members attending two or four year colleges. Smith Implements is excited to help in developing the next generation of community leaders.

“We are thrilled to be part of this program with John Deere,” said Rob Cooper, Executive Director of the National FFA Foundation. “John Deere and FFA share a commitment to provide educational opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry.”

These scholarships are among the more than 1,500 awarded through the National FFA Organization Scholarship Program each year. Currently, more than 125 corporate sponsors generously contribute nearly $2 million to support this program. Scholarship applications are available online through February 15, 2013, at www.FFA.org/Scholarships.

John Deere is one of the largest and longest continuous sponsors of the National FFA Foundation, providing support for 70 years. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.    

About John Deere

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that fund FFA activities, recognize member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. Approximately 82 percent of all sponsorship funding received by the foundation supports opportunities for FFA members and agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at www.ffa.org/donate.

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