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Ford Motor Company Fund will celebrate the achievements of more than 160 graduating seniors from 10 Detroit-area high schools at its sixth annual Blue Oval Scholarship program. The awards, ranging from $250 to $1,000, will be presented Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Blue Oval Scholarships encourage students to show improvement in academic achievement and their overall school performance and also encourages them to pursue their post-high school educational goals. In the seven-year history of the program, Ford has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to assist almost 1,000 Detroit-area high school graduates with tuition, books, fees and other educational costs.
This year’s recipients come from 10 high schools: Central Collegiate Academy, Cody, Osborn, Southeastern and Western – all in Detroit; and Harper Woods High School, Mt. Clemens High School, Pontiac High School, River Rouge High School and Ypsilanti Community High School(s).
“At Ford Motor Company, we believe that student achievement is the cornerstone to future progress, and supporting the next generation of leaders is critical to the growth of the communities we serve,” said Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “The Blue Oval Scholarship program reinforces academic excellence and encourages high school students to pursue their dreams so they may become reality.”
The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship program provides more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students each year.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford trucks, utility vehicles, and cars – increasingly including electrified versions – and Lincoln luxury vehicles; provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company; and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected vehicle services. Ford employs approximately 186,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.