brothers receive FFA scholarships
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The National FFA Organization has
awarded scholarships to brothers Kory and Kent Leesman, who are
members of Hartsburg-Emden FFA. Kory Leesman was awarded a $2,000
scholarship sponsored by Pennzoil - Long-Life Agricultural Products.
He plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Bradley University
in Peoria, where he will be a freshman this fall with a major in
engineering. Kent Leesman was awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored
by Syngenta Seeds. He will be a junior this fall at the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is majoring in crop science.
These scholarships are among 1,656
awarded through the National FFA Scholarship Program this year.
Currently, 171 corporate sponsors generously contribute more than $2
million to support the program. This is the 20th year that
scholarships have been made available through the National FFA
Foundation by business and industry sponsors to reward and encourage
excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.
Scholarship recipients were selected
from 6,390 applicants from across the country. Selections were based
on the applicant’s academic record, FFA and other school and
community activities, supervised agricultural experience program in
agricultural education, and future goals.
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FFA is a national youth organization of
more than 464,267 student members preparing for leadership and
careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.
There are more than 7,194 local FFA chapters, with groups in all 50
states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
FFA strives 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. Visit
www.ffa.org for more information.
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