Ford Motor Company Commits First $1 Million Annual Support in History of National FFA

* Ford Motor Company's 2007 commitment includes substantial support of

National FFA events, and $1,000 scholarships for up to 700 local FFA


* Ford has supported FFA since the F-Series was first introduced in 1948,

and has contributed more than $3 million in FFA scholarships since 1997

* FFA estimates that agriculture is the number one employer in the U.S.,

accounting for one out of five U.S. jobs; Ford F-Series trucks are the

number one selling truck in America, and play an integral role in the

agricultural industry

Oct 26, 2006, 01:00 ET from Ford Motor Company

    INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Ford Motor
 Company (NYSE:   F) made the first-ever commitment of $1 million in annual
 support in the history of the National FFA Foundation (formerly the Future
 Farmers of America). In 2007, Ford Motor Company will provide substantial
 support for the 80th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis and the FFA
 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. In addition, Ford has
 committed to a tenth year of supporting the Built Ford Tough collegiate
 scholarship program, which will award up to 700 FFA members with a $1,000
 college scholarship in 2007.
     Ben Poore, Ford Truck Group marketing manager, made the commitment at
 the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis: "This commitment builds
 on almost six decades of Ford support of the FFA. Ford continues to support
 the FFA because we see a clear value in the organization's development of
 the future leaders of American agriculture, businesses and communities."
     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.
     "We are thrilled to welcome Ford as our first million-dollar annual
 sponsor, and as FFA's premier sponsor for 2007," says Jan Ferris, FFA
 Marketing and Sales Development manager. "Ford has a long history of
 supporting the organization, and is already the largest contributor of
 scholarships to the FFA. With this generous commitment, Ford will continue
 to positively impact the lives of FFA members."
     For Ford, supporting the FFA offers two distinct benefits. First, Ford
 truck sales are inextricably connected to the success of the agricultural
 industry. Just as agriculture is the largest employer in the U.S., F-Series
 is the best-selling pickup in America -- for 29 consecutive years.
     "Visit any local farm or the national FFA convention, and you can see
 that trucks -- particularly F-Series -- play an integral role in the
 agricultural industry," says Poore. "Ultimately, a part of Ford Truck's
 success -- and our 29 years of sales leadership -- is tied to the success
 of agriculture. We want to help these future leaders to succeed, and to
 become our customers from the start of their careers to the end -- just
 like many of their parents and grandparents."
     The second benefit of Ford's long-standing support of the National FFA
 Foundation and collegiate scholarship program is the strong, lasting
 relationships it fosters between these future agribusiness leaders and both
 the Ford brand and their local Ford dealer. Each Built Ford Tough
 scholarship is equally funded by Ford Motor Company and Ford dealers who
 sponsor scholarships through their local high school FFA chapter. Members
 submit their scholarship application to the chapter's sponsoring dealer for
 approval before the applications are sent to the national FFA office for
 final judging and selection. As a result, the FFA members get to personally
 meet -- and thank -- the dealer that is helping fund their college
     "We have been part of the program since it started," says Mike Meurer,
 general manager of Southway Ford in San Antonio, "and have stacks of
 letters from FFA members, thanking us for the help to fulfill their goals.
 Those relationships have led to sales, both from the students' parents and
 from students buying their first new car or truck out of college. But, the
 biggest benefit for us is the satisfaction of getting to know these amazing
 kids, and helping them to become stand-up citizens."

SOURCE Ford Motor Company