Dakota Zecha, a 2011 graduate of Great Bend High School FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Mannie Ford, Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Zecha’s parents are Kelly Zecha and Rehna Zecha of Great Bend. Zecha plans to study at North Central Kansas Technical College.
The Built Ford Tough - FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA Members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.
The scholarship is one of 526 scholarships awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2011, or current collegiate students. This program is a part of Ford’s overall commitment to the National FF A Foundation.
Additionally, five National $1,000 BFT - FFA Scholarships are being awarded on behalf of Ford Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
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. To date, the program has awarded $6,586,000 in scholarships to 6,586 FF A members throughout the country. Ford knows the value of hard work, and believes that hard work should be rewarded. Educating aspiring young people to become the leaders of tomorrow is just another way of ensuring a successful future.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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 United States Congress, and it 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 agricultmal education programs.