Ford Motor Company’s 2011-2012 commitment includes substantial support of National FFA events, and $1,000 collegiate scholarships for hundreds of FFA members; Ford, with local dealers such as Barber Brothers Ford, has awarded 6,590 scholarships since 1997. For the 2011-2012 school year, Barber Brothers Ford is sponsoring 1 Built Ford Tough scholarship(s), helping students attend the college of their choice. 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. John Barber announced that Barber Brothers Ford would join Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America). Ford has committed to a fifteenth year of the Built Ford Tough Ò FFA collegiate scholarship program, which will award $1,000 scholarships to hundreds of FFA members, each co-sponsored by Ford Dealers like Barber Brothers Ford. 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 almost $6.5 million in scholarships to FFA members. Barber Brothers Ford is sponsoring the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program for Morgan High School. For the 2011-2012 school year, they are helping 1 local student(s) attend the college of their choice. To be eligible, FFA members must submit an online 2012 Scholarship Application at www.ffa.org and take the required Signature Page to Barber Brothers Ford for the dealer endorsement and official dealer code; thus providing FFA members the opportunity to meet Ò and thank Ò 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, says John Barber. 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 can see that trucks Ò particularly F-Series Ò play an integral role in the agricultural industry, says John Barber. We want to help these future leaders succeed and become our customers from the start of their careers to the end Ò just like many of their parents and grandparents. About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members Ò all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture Ò as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.