Ford Motor Company Fund’s flagship education initiative brings inspiration and education resources to more than 35,000 high school, middle school, and elementary school students. The Tour is designed to motivate students to read at an early age, complete high school on time and pursue higher education.

The Ford Driving Dreams Tour includes book donations, scholarships, grants, motivational pep rallies, and an essay contest in which thousands of students are invited to share their dreams. Ford Fund implements each program with partners in each market to address local education and community needs.

In 2015, Ford Driving Dreams was selected by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a "Bright Spots in Hispanic Education."



Irving, Texas

Miami, Florida
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

Chicago, Illinois
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

Panama City, Panama
San Jose, California
North Texas Area
Houston Area
San Antonio Area



During a motivational pep rally, an empowerment speaker shares his/her inspirational story and challenges students to be resilient to pursue their education. Middle school and high school students will also learn about the essay contest and other educational opportunities available to them.



The essay contest reinforces the importance of education while pursuing a dream and giving back to the community. In the essay, students write about: 1) What their dream is, 2) How their dream will positively impact others, 3) What inspires their dream, and 4) Is there something they hope to achieve this school year to get closer to their dream?


   Past Winners



Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Dealers team up to make education a priority in select areas in Texas and California by providing Ford Driving Dreams scholarships to students who attend high schools where Ford operates.

A special awards reception hosted by Ford will be held for California scholarship recipients in April 2016 and for Texas scholarship recipients in May 2016.

Ford Driving Dreams scholarships are available to qualifying high school seniors in Texas from select high schools or school districts located in North Texas, Houston area, San Antonio area and San Jose, California. For official rules in your area and to apply for this scholarship please click on the appropriate box below:

Houston Area   San Antonio Area   North Texas   San Jose, CA



In 2015, the Ford Driving Dreams Tour expanded to reach middle school students. A pep rally for middle school students was launched with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley in October. The essay is open for Boys & Girls Club members from Marin/Sonoma, Fresno, Monterey County and Sacramento.

For additional information, please contact your local Boys & Girls Club.

In April of 2016, Ford will host a special awards ceremony for winning middle school and high school students.



Between 2015 and 2016, Ford will distribute 60,000 new books to children in need from: Detroit, Houston area, Miami, North Texas, and San Antonio area.

This initiative is part of Ford’s overall education efforts and focuses on promoting reading at an early age. According to the American Educational Research Association, the ability to read by the third grade determines a child’s future. Yet, research shows that in some of the lowest-income communities, there is only one book per 300 children.

See video below from our first Ford Driving Dreams Reading Party in Dallas, Texas.



News Releases

7/15/2016: Ford Motor Company Fund and LULAC Announce $400,000 in Grants and Scholarships for Education

7/15/2016: Ford Motor Company Fund y LULAC anuncian $400,000 en subvenciones y becas para la educación

5/11/2016: Ford Motor Company Fund and North Texas Ford Dealers Give More Than $400,000 in Scholarships to Students

5/11/2016: Ford Motor Company Fund y los concesionarios Ford del Norte de Texas otorgan más de $400,000 en becas a estudiantes

4/26/2016: Ford to Give $65,000 in Scholarships and Prizes to Middle and High School Students in Northern California

4/26/2016: Ford otorga becas y premios a estudiantes de escuela primaria y secundaria del norte de California

2/04/2016: Ford, North Texas Ford Dealers Announce More Than $400,000 in Scholarships for Senior High School Students

2/04/2016: Ford y los concesionarios Ford del norte de Texas anuncian más de $400,000 en becas para estudiantes de último año de escuela secundaria

12/08/2015: Houston Ford Dealers Launch $100,000 in Scholarships and Donate 10,000 New Books

12/08/2015: Ford de Houston otorgan $100,000 en becas y donan 10,000 libros nuevos

9/18/2015: Ford Driving Dreams Program recognized by the White House

7/23/2015: Ford Expands Social Responsibility in Panama with Innovative Ford Driving Dreams Education Initiative

7/23/2015: Ford expande sus esfuerzos de responsabilidad social en Panamá con su innovador programa educativo Gira Ford: Impulsando Sueños

4/29/2015: Ford and North Texas Ford Dealers Improve Access to New Books for Children and Inspire Love of Reading

4/29/2015: Ford y los concesionarios Ford del norte de Texas mejoran el acceso de niños a libros nuevos y estimulan el amor por la lectura

1/28/2015: Ford and North Texas Ford Dealers Accelerate Education and Invest more than $800,000 in Innovative Local Initiatives

1/28/2015: Ford y los concesionarios Ford del norte de Texas invierten más de $800,000 en innovadoras iniciativas locales para vitalizar e impulsar la educación

10/7/2014: Ford Brings Driving Dreams Tour to Chicago, Thousands of High School Students to Benefit

10/7/2014: Ford trae el Driving Dreams Tour a Chicago, miles de estudiantes de escuela secundaria se beneficiaran

9/17/2013: Ford Motor Company Fund Brings Driving Dreams Tour to Miami, Thousands of High School Students to Benefit

9/17/2013: Ford Motor Company Fund trae a Miami el Driving Dreams Tour; miles de estudiantes se beneficiarán

10/29/2013: Ford Launches Innovative $215,000 Education Initiative at Six North Texas High Schools

9/18/2012: Ford Launches Innovative Education Initiative with Irving ISD

9/18/2012: Ford lanzará innovadora iniciativa educativa con el Distrito escolar independiente de Irving

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