Clinton High School student and FFA member Sydney Simmons was recently awarded a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship through the national FFA organization. The scholarship is sponsored by Ford of Clinton as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Simmons plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at N.C. State University.
The scholarship is one of 1,820 awarded through the national FFA organization. this year. Currently, 116 sponsors contribute more than $2.6 million to support scholarships for students.
For 32 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.
The 2016 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,383 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.
The national FFA organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.