Shepherd Team Auto Plaza has joined Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.
Ford has committed to a 16th year of the Built Ford Tough-FFA collegiate scholarship program, which will award $1,000 scholarships to hundreds of FFA members, each co-sponsored by Ford dealers like Shepherd Team Auto Plaza.
Ford has supported the National FFA since the first F-Series truck was introduced in 1948, and has sponsored the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program since 1997. The program, equally funded by Ford Motor Company and Ford Dealers, has awarded more than $7 million in scholarships to FFA members, a news release said.
Shepherd Team Auto Plaza is sponsoring the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program for Fort Scott High School FFA and Uniontown High School. For the 2012-13 school year, it is helping one local student attend the college of his or her choice, the release said.
To be eligible, FFA members must submit an online 2013 scholarship application at www.ffa.org and take the required signature page to Shepherd Team Auto Plaza for the dealer endorsement and official dealer code, thus providing FFA members with the chance to meet -- and thank -- the dealer for their support of continuing education.
"We're pleased to be able to support the local chapter and Ford Motor Company in its strong commitment to the National FFA," Shepherd said in the release. "All our previous scholarship recipients tell us how grateful they are for the financial support and how the FFA experience has changed their lives.
"Visit any local farm and you see that trucks -- particularly F-Series -- play an integral role in the agricultural industry," Shepherd added. "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."