Ford Motor Company Fund Returns to Panama with Educational Resources, Scholarships and Grants

Ford Motor Company Fund Returns to Panama with Educational Resources, Scholarships and Grants

  • 300 students from 11 public middle schools in Panama are invited to participate in Ford Driving Dreams motivational activities to promote education
  • 25 students will be selected to win scholarships by competing in the “What Drives Your Dream?” essay contest
  • Ford Driving Dreams initiative has invested more than $220,000 in scholarships, grants and educational resources for 43 schools in Panama since 2015

PANAMA. P.A., August 10, 2017 – Ford Motor Company Fund returns to Panama to host 300 middle school students for Ford Driving Dreams motivational activities. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, has invested more than $220,000 in scholarships, grants and resources for Panama schools and students.

Today’s event is for students with good academic standing from 11 schools and will be held at the Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower in collaboration with United Way Panama and The Ministry of Education of Panama (MEDUCA). Students from participating schools can compete in the “What Drives Your Dreams?” essay contest for a chance to win scholarships. Before the event, each school also had the opportunity to create a video about the importance of achieving their dreams. The videos will be presented during the event.

Ford Driving Dreams continues to support Panama students ages 13 and 14 because they are most at risk of dropping out of school due to economic factors, such as meal shortages, limited access to transportation and a lack of school supplies. The students come from some of the most vulnerable areas of the capital. Students from the nearby provinces of Colón and west and center of Panama will also take part in today’s inspirational activities. This will be the first time 56 students from the Chiriqui region will be traveling to participate in the event.

“At Ford, we believe that every student deserves a fair shot at a successful academic path, and we know that these students have the resilience and tenacity to achieve their educational dreams,” said Joe Avila, manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “The Ford Driving Dreams scholarships, grants, and resources will bring students a step closer to their goals.”

At the event, students will hear from motivational speakers about the importance of education and overcoming obstacles. Since 2015, Ford Driving Dream has positively impacted more than 20,000 students in Panama, and this year will invest over $50,000 in scholarships, school grants and educational resources. The essay contest winning students will receive scholarships to help them and their families defray the cost of school supplies, books, transportation, food, and other basic needs that often prevent them from finishing the school year and moving on to the next grade. The scholarships and school grants will be administered by United Way Panama during the 2017-2018 school year.

“United Way Worldwide has a long legacy that relates to Ford Motor Company Fund and focuses on important community needs,” said Mercedes Eleta de Brenes, president of United Way Panama. “Our Panama chapter is excited to continue the success of this collaboration and foster a legacy of offering access to educational resources and tools for our schools and youth in Panama.”

The Ford Driving Dreams Tour launched in the U.S. in 2012 and the program has reached more than 50,000 students in California, Chicago, Indiana, Florida, Texas, Panama, and Puerto Rico. Ford Driving Dreams initiatives, including the Tour, have delivered more than $10 million in educational resources such as scholarships, college preparedness, tutoring programs, parental engagement, and motivational activities. Ford Driving Dreams Panama is part of the global philanthropic efforts of Ford Better World. Working together with dealers and other groups, Ford Fund promotes sustainable communities through local investments. Today, Ford supports Operation Better World in more than 40 countries.

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