Agco Corporation, Agco Finance and Agco-affiliated dealerships across the country provided more than $100,000 for 67 scholarships in support of local FFA Chapters and the 2018 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program.
“It is always a great source of pride to Agco, Agco employees and our dealers to contribute to such a worthwhile program,” said Clint Erickson, Agco regional director of sales and FFA Sponsors' Board Member. “As a former Conrad High School FFA member in Conrad, Montana, I can say firsthand, as a recipient of a local FFA Alumni Scholarship, these investments into Future Agriculture leaders will pay huge dividends for our industry in the future.”
Scholarship recipients include:
- Katrina Clontz, Westwood FFA, Arizona;
- Mary Adams, Escalon FFA, California;
- Xandra Carter, Patterson FFA, California;
- Bailey Malone, Atwater-Buhach Colony FFA, California
- Shyann Maral, Sutter FFA, California;
- Gloria Perez, Woodland FFA, California;
- Todd Blandford, Burlington FFA, Colorado;
- Brooke Bronniman, McClave FFA, Colorado;
- Mattea Klein, Roosevelt FFA, Colorado;
- Alexandra Miller, Poudre FFA, Colorado;
- Haleigh Prosser, Wiley FFA, Colorado;
- Ailaina Suppes, Briggsdale FFA, Colorado;
- Kelli Ober, Cascade FFA, Montana.
- See here for a complete list.
Agco’s support for the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program began in 2011 and involves financial contributions from local dealers and Agco. Agco is also involved at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year and enlists the Gilbert, Iowa, High School FFA Chapter to help with the company’s Farm Progress exhibit near Boone, Iowa. These activities extend a 72-year partnership between the National FFA Organization and the company’s brands, one of the longest standing partnerships of FFA.
“The FFA shaped my high school career and my experiences through it will continue to lead me on my path in college and my career. I am so thankful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship and be able to continue my education. I will be able to study what I am passionate about and hopefully use my education to better the planet and the creatures that live on it,” said scholarship recipient Crista Bain of Massaponax FFA in Virginia.
Agco, Agco Finance, and Agco Dealer-sponsored scholarships make up just a few of the 1,840 scholarships awarded by the National FFA Organization to 2018 high school graduates and select college students. This year, students shared a total of more than $2.6 million contributed by sponsoring companies. FFA received more than 8,800 applications in the 2018 award period. The average recipient has a GPA of 3.78 on a 4.0 scale and awards were based on academic records, FFA achievements, leadership, and other school and community activities. Supervised Agricultural Experience programs and future goals also were considered.