Eighteen FFA members were awarded scholarships funded by Agco and Agco Finance under the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program.

“These students are selected based on the leadership they have shown in their schools and communities as well as for their academic excellence,” says Doug Griffin, vice president, North American Marketing, Agco, who is a member of the FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board. “FFA has played a major role in helping them set and achieve their goals. We salute the FFA for its fine work and are proud to be a part of the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program that recognizes and supports these students.”

The 18 students are from Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma. Planned majors include engineering, communications, education and business management.

“Agriculture constantly faces new challenges and provides new opportunities, and these scholarship recipients are the future of our industry, thanks in part to the role FFA has played in their lives,” says Griffin. “Agco salutes the FFA and its success in helping to nurture and develop a love of agriculture in these young people.”

A total of 1,456 scholarships were awarded this year by the National FFA organization. They were given to 2010 high school graduates and select college students. These students shared a total of more than $2.2 million contributed by sponsoring companies.