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."
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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?
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:
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.
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