Ford Fund and Houston Area Ford Dealers Award $100,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors
- Ford Fund has invested more than $400,000 in scholarships and educational resources in the Greater Houston area since 2015.
- Students win prizes through an Instagram contest that showcases who drives their dreams
- Ford Driving Dreams initiatives have delivered more than $10 million in educational resources since 2012
HOUSTON, TX, May 22, 2019 – Ford Motor Company Fund and Houston area Ford dealers awarded $100,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships to 50 senior high school students that participated in the “What Drives Your Dreams?” essay contest. This is the fourth year that Ford helps Houston students pursue their academic dreams of going to college.
Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, celebrated the scholarship recipients at an evening event at the Space Center Houston. Students and parents heard from former NASA rocket scientist, actor, producer, TV host and motivational speaker Shayla Rivera, who inspired students to pursue their academic dreams and aspire excellence in all they do. Community leaders and Houston Ford dealers joined the celebration.
“At Ford Fund, we are proud to provide resources and scholarships to these talented students, and we are committed to continue to invest in the education of students of all ages,” said Joe Ávila, manager, community development, U.S. & Latin America, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Education is the cornerstone of strengthening communities and achieving a better quality of life for the next generation.”
Ford Driving Dreams was designed by Ford Motor Company Fund to help youth graduate on time and pursue higher education. The initiative has impacted more than 200,000 students across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Latin America since it was launched in 2012. It has delivered more than $10 million in educational resources. The scholarships are administered by the LULAC National Education Service Center, Inc. (LNESC). In addition to Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Fund educational programs in the United States include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford College Community Challenge, and the Ford STEAM Lab. For more information, visit FordDrivingDreams.com. Find us at @FordDrivingDreams in Facebook and Instagram and follow the stories with #forddrivingdreams.
About Ford Motor Company Fund
As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in 63 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook and Twitter.