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June 03, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
June 03, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Abbie Adcock of Woodland High School FFA has been awarded one of 50 $1,000 scholarships for agricultural studies by the National FFA Organization in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Federation and Ram Trucks, a division of Chrysler Group LLC.

Ram Trucks provided funding for the scholarships with the stipulation that winning FFA students had to be from a Farm Bureau family. Selection of winners also was based on the applicant's academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural experience in an agricultural education program and the student's future goals.

"It's an honor to recognize these 50 students from Farm Bureau families who have dedicated their academic and social activities to agriculture," said Will Gilmer, a Lamar County dairy farmer and national chairman of the AFBF's Young Farmer and Rancher program. "With their commitment and enthusiasm, U.S. agricultural production will have a bright future."

The Alabama FFA is holding its annual state convention June 1-4 in Montgomery. For more information, visit AlabamaFFA.org.

Each year the National FFA Organization awards about $2 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of its members. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. The selection process takes into account the whole student FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), communi9ty service, leadership skills and academics.

In addition to Adcock, eight other Alabama FFA members -- including three from Falkville High School in Morgan County -- were awarded FFA scholarships.

Falkville's Ashley Holmes was awarded a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by Monsanto Company's Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship, and her classmates, Justin Jacobs and Christopher Wilhite were each awarded $1,000 scholarships by the Cargill Community Scholarship Program.

One of the largest scholarships awards, $2,500 from Toyota Motor Sales, was awarded to Jack Hamilton III of Arab High School. Other Alabama students receiving $1,000 scholarships were: Haley Gibbs, Ranburne High, Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship Program; Zachary Jones, Spring Garden High, Monsanto Company Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship; former FFA State Sentinel Anna Leigh Peek, West Limestone High School, NAPA Auto Parts; and William Wilkins, Holly Pond High School, Cargill Community Scholarship Program.

The letters "FFA" stand for Future Farmers of America. However, in 1988, the official name was changed to The National FFA Organization to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is part of agricultural education programs at middle and high schools. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to more than 300 career opportunities in agriculture.

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