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Leesman brothers receive FFA scholarships

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[JUNE 21, 2004]  INDIANAPOLIS -- 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 for more information.

[National FFA Organization news release]

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