Mark Pirtle and Forrest FFA launch Hometown Scholarship Program

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Forrest FFA members, FFA instructor Harold Collins, Forrest Assistant Principal Rocky Bowden, and Mark Pirtle Chevrolet's Jim Young urge community members to donate to the Hometown Scholarship Program, benefiting the Forrest FFA chapter.

Forrest Future Farmers of America and Mark Pirtle Chevrolet in Shelbyville recently announced the launch of the 2006 Hometown Scholarship Program, a campaign that will generate scholarship funds for high school students locally, across the state, and throughout America. In its fourth year, the Hometown Scholarship Program is part of Mark Pirtle's continuing commitment to FFA in their hometown community.

Forrest FFA members will attend community events to request $5.00 suggested donations in support of their Hometown Scholarship Program. Of that $5.00 suggested donation, 100 percent of the proceeds go to FFA.

Individuals who donate to the program may register to win a 2007 truck and automatically receive a voucher to redeem a complimentary T-shirt at Mark Pirtle Chevrolet, 2006 N. Main Street in Shelbyville.

Individuals donating to the program may register to win a brand new pickup truck from Mark Pirtle Chevrolet in Shelbyville.

Parents, families, neighbors and friends of Forrest FFA are urged to support this program by providing a suggested $5.00 donation at local events, such as this week's Homecoming festivities, and other events throughout the community. This innovative program creates scholarship money for FFA members to further their education, attend FFA activities, and enhances the development of future FFA leaders.

Now in its fourth year, the Hometown Scholarship Program has raised more than $2.8 million for participating FFA chapters. In 2006, the Hometown Scholarship Program hopes to raise more than $2 million nationally.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Founded in 1928, the FFA began as an organization of young people who wanted to develop their farming and leadership skills.

Today FFA serves more than 476,000 students who enroll in local agricultural education programs in the nation's secondary schools. These students are served by more than 11,000 agricultural teachers.