North Texas Ford Dealers and Ford Invest in Local Scholarships
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The North Texas Ford Dealers and Ford Motor Company Fund announced last week that they will be awarding nearly $350,000 in scholarships and technology prizes to students from more than 100 high schools in the North Texas area.
Nearly 80 percent of the scholarship recipients plan on pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), with the majority attending universities in Texas. There are a large number of job opportunities in the STEM fields nationwide, especially in Texas, which is growing quickly.
Ford dealers worked with high schools in their neighborhoods, awarding up to three scholarships per school in the expansive North Texas area. The scholarships also conclude the Ford Driving Dreams initiatives for the 2014-2015 school year, which promoted reading at an early age and helping high school students graduate on time and go to college.
“The North Texas Ford Dealers are part of the fabric of this community and by working jointly with Ford Fund, this year we have doubled our scholarship investment and are able to help our young people achieve a stronger future,” said Sam Pack, the chairman of the North Texas Ford Dealers. “It’s been exciting to connect with our local high schools and close the school year knowing that Ford will make a college education more accessible for many local students.”
The scholarships were administered by Stars on the Rise, an education initiative by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. These scholarships will help make college education a reality for many North Texas youth, especially those with financial limitations.
Ford Motor Company Fund invests more than $8 million each year in scholarships and education initiatives, as well as funding other educational programs like Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford College Community Challenge and the Ford STEAM Lab.