Ford & FFA Celebrate 65-year Partnership
Jun 5, 12 | by: Bruce Smith
FFA and Ford – Making a Difference
Future Farmers of America is a dynamic youth leadership development organization that changes lives by empowering its 540,000 members to set a course for the future.
FFA operates within the context of agricultural education to complement classroom and laboratory instruction with hands-on experiential learning, useful life skills and individual motivation.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their leadership potential, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Ford’s FFA alliance gets a boost from supporting Ford dealerships serving agricultural markets.
For the 2011-12 academic year, the Built Ford Tough® Scholarship Program and 285 participating Ford dealers awarded a total of 540 individual $1,000 grants for post-secondary education.
Now in its 15th year, the Built Ford Tough Scholarship Program, the Ford Fund, and participating Ford dealers have awarded $7.1 million in grants.
Built Ford Tough Trucks also sponsors the affiliated National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Lifetime Achievement Awards and an FFA chapter grant program. In 2011, six winning chapters were each awarded a $3,000 grant to support local initiatives.
Ford has sponsored FFA since 1948, the same year Ford F-Series pickups first went on sale.
For access to a Ford F-Series pickup/FFA timeline infographic, click here.