Ford of Clinton awards scholarships to local FFA members

May 25, 2014

Six FFA members have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Ford of Clinton as it joins Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA Scholarship program, helping these local students attend the college of their choice.

Sarah Best of Hobbton High, Timothy Hyde of Union, Austin Wilson of Hobbton, Aulie Strickland of Midway, Paige Wilkes of Midway and Taylor Malpass of Union High are the recipients and accepted their scholarships from Ford of Clinton’s Larry McPhail on Friday.

“We are pleased to be able to support the local FFA chapters and Ford Motor Company in its strong commitment to the National FFA,” McPhail said. “All our previous scholarship recipients tell ushow grateful they are for the financial support and how the FFA experience has changed their lives.”

The Built Ford Tough — FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements. The scholarships are one of 530 awarded by Ford Division. Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2014, or current collegiate students. This program is part of Ford’s overall commitment to the National FFA organization.

“Visit any local farm and you can see that trucks, particularly F-Series, play an integral role in the agriculutural industry,” McPhail said. “We want to help these future leaders succeed and become our customers from the start of their careers to the end, just like many of their parents and grandparents.”

Ford has supported the National FFA Foundation since the first F-Series truck was introducted in 1948, and has sponsored the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program since 1997. To date, the program has awarded $8,145,000 in scholarships to 8,184 FFF members throughout the country. Ford knows the value of hard work and believes that hard work should be rewarded, a press release on the scholarships noted. Educating aspiring young people to become the leaders of tomorrow is just another way of ensuring a successful future.

To be eligible, FFA members must submit an online 2014 scholarship application at and take the required signature page to Ford of Clinton for the dealer endorsement and official dealer code; thus providing FFA members the opportunity to meet — and thank — the dealer for its support of continuing education.

FFA develops students’ leadership, business skills and community service in preparation for a career in agriculture, which accounts for 1 out of 5 U.S. jobs, McPhail cited.