In its third consecutive year, Ford Motor Company Fund collaborates to match every dollar invested by the North Texas Ford dealers to award $440,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships to 220 senior high school students. North Texas Ford dealers and Ford Fund have contributed more than $3 million and impacted close to 35,000 students since the collaboration began in 2015.
“Education is pivotal in the development of our communities, and Ford Motor Company Fund is committed to empowering the communities where we do business by investing in the education of our youth,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Services. “Our work with the North Texas Ford dealers is a model collaborative effort that demonstrates a strong commitment to help our future generation of leaders succeed.”
Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, will celebrate the scholarship recipients at an evening event filled with surprises at Ford Center at the Star, a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that is used for practice for the Dallas Cowboys and also hosts Frisco ISD football games.
At the celebration, students, parents, and community leaders will hear from international empowerment speaker Alex Montoya, who will share his story of perseverance and overcoming challenges to achieve success despite being a triple amputee. Popular radio DJ Armando Ulloa, known as “El Chiquilín”, Ford dealers and Ford region executives will also attend the celebration. At the event, Ford Fund will also launch the new www.FordDrivingDreams.com website that will feature educational resources and information for students, parents, and teachers.
“The North Texas Ford dealers are excited about the ongoing affiliation with Ford Fund to help the communities where we do business thrive,” said Greg Wood, North Texas regional sales manager, Ford Motor Company. “By investing in the Ford Driving Dreams scholarship program, the North Texas Ford dealers are making a difference and putting students on the path to a great college experience.”
Launched in 2012, the Ford Driving Dreams Tour was designed by Ford Motor Company Fund to help youth graduate on time and pursue higher education. North Texas is a Ford Operation Better World market enabling Ford Fund, dealers and other groups to collaborate on a strategic approach to philanthropy to more effectively meet community needs. The scholarships are administered by Stars on the Rise, an education initiative by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Fund educational programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford College Community Challenge, and the Ford STEAM Lab. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and with #forddrivingdreams on Twitter.
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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.