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INDIANAPOLIS -- The National FFA Organization and Foundation recently announced that they have awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 2,152 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 127 sponsors.

More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple scholarships. They were able to apply for the scholarships online, and approximately one of every three who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships available ranged for either two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 15 percent of their class.

This year marks the 31st year for the scholarship program, which began in 1984 with 16 scholarships being offered. Today, more than 2,140 scholarships were available. During this timeframe, more than $41 million dollars has been awarded in scholarships funds through the National FFA Organization.

The selection process takes into account the whole students -- FFA involvement, work experience, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), community services, leadership skills and academics.

A list of recipients is available at ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships/scholarship-results. Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2015 should email Scholarships@ffa.org.

Information for the 2016 scholarship program will be available atwww.ffa.org November 15, 2015.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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