High school seniors in North Texas can score some scholarships for college courtesy of Ford and North Texas Ford Dealers.
The scholarships are through the Ford Driving Dreams program. It awards scholarships to students who plan to pursue a college education in STEM fields, those being science, technology, engineering and math. Scholarships are $2,000 each and will be handed out to qualifying 2016 high school grads who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.
So here’s how to apply for one. High school seniors who meet the requirements must submit a “What Drives Your Dream?” essay. The deadline to apply is February 29, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony in May.
Ford says the scholarships are part of its overall education efforts in North Texas. This year, the program also focused on promoting reading at an early age by donating 10,000 new books to North Texas children. The scholarships were administered by Stars on the Rise, an education initiative by Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, invests more than $8 million a year in scholarships and other education initiatives across the country. The Driving Dreams initiative is its flagship program. It’s designed to motivate students to read at an early age, complete high school on time and pursue higher education.
North Texas is also a Ford Operation Better World market. Launched in 2008, the Operation Better World framework enables Ford Fund, dealers and other groups to collaborate on a strategic approach to philanthropy to more effectively meet community needs. In North Texas, the main focus is education, but Ford says it also supports hunger relief efforts and teen driver safety.