$1,000 PRESTIGE FORD AND FORD MOTOR COMPANY/ FFA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO LOCAL YOUTH IN GARLAND, TX

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5-7-08

Christi Chadwell, Maria Puente, Matthew Cope and Melanie Martin, all 2008 graduates of Garland HS FFA, have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford-Garland and Ford Motor Company.

The scholarship is one of 600 scholarships awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2008, as well as current collegiate students.

This program is part of a much larger commitment of $1 million dollars to the National FFA Foundation. These scholarships are being awarded on behalf of individual participating Ford Dealers.

Additionally, 5 $1,000 national scholarships are being awarded on behalf of Ford Motor Company. The Built Ford Tough Trucks/FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.
Built Ford Tough Trucks and Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund sponsor these scholarships as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford-Garland is proud to support FFA and the Built Ford Tough Trucks/FFA Scholarship Program. Ford has supported the National FFA Foundation 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 $3 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 FFA members. Ford knows the value of hard work, and believes that hard work should be rewarded. That’s why Ford has increased the Built Ford Tough Trucks/FFA Scholarship Fund each year since its inception.

Educating aspiring young people to become the leaders of tomorrow is just another way of ensuring a successful future. Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, in Garland, Texas is family-owned – one of eight dealerships in Texas alone. Owners Randall and Sherry Reed – parents of active teenagers themselves – generously support family-first organizations all over the United States, including The National FFA Organization.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 495,046 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture — as part of 7,242 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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