Ford Fund Awards $75,000 in Scholarships and Tech Prizes to Help Los Angeles Students Achieve the Dream of Going to College

Ford Fund Awards $75,000 in Scholarships and Tech Prizes to Help Los Angeles Students Achieve the Dream of Going to College

  • Ford Motor Company Fund awards more than $75,000 in scholarships, prizes and school grants to 60 Los Angeles students
  • Ford Fund has awarded more than $4.5 million in Los Angeles providing educational resources and promoting on-time graduation
  • Since 2012, Ford’s commitment to education has reached more than 100,000 students in California

LOS ANGELES, CA. March 29, 2017 – Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Motor Company Fund’s signature program, awarded over $75,000 in scholarships, technology prizes, and school grants to 60 Los Angeles senior high school students interested in pursuing a higher education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The students are from Huntington High School, James A. Garfield High School, Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy, and Roosevelt High School.

The students participated in the Ford Driving Dreams Tour launched in Los Angeles last year, which included motivational activities and the “What Drives Your Dream” essay contest. Scholarship recipients, essay contest winners, as well as parents, and teachers joined today’s celebration held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

“We want to make sure that students are on the road to academic success, and at Ford Fund we do that by providing the tools and resources necessary to help them achieve their dreams,” said Joe Avila, manager, Ford Motor Company Fund.

Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, designed the Ford Driving Dreams program to help youth graduate on time and pursue higher education. The program launched in 2012 and has reached more than 75,000 students in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, and expanded to Panama and Puerto Rico. Ford Driving Dreams initiatives, including the Tour, have delivered more than $4.5 million in educational resources in California. The scholarships will be administered by the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI).

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 Find us at Ford Fund on Facebook and #forddrivingdreams on Twitter and Instagram.