Latino Traffic Report has learned that Ford Motor Company Fund and Houston area Ford dealers recently awarded $100,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships to 50 senior high school students who participated in the “What Drives Your Dreams?” essay contest. This is the fourth year that Ford has helped 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 for 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 U.S. 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.