Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers have announced $200k in new grants for Detroit Public Schools arts, music and athletic programs. This is part of a larger $1M commitment to educational programs for career outreach and other assistance for local and global initiatives.
These funds are a continuation of a program launched last year. Ford and the UAW announced this year’s funding at the first-ever Ford STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) conference which brought together 165 Detroit middle school students. The idea is to inspire these students to further their education to help sustain the economic turnaround in the area.
“Education is the cornerstone of a brighter future and has been a central part of Ford’s community involvement since our company was founded,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are taking that commitment to a new level with a comprehensive range of innovative programs that serve a variety of needs.”
The STEAM program featured representatives from several groups including notably NHRA driver Nicole Lyons, Usher’s New Look Foundation, Code.org, #yeswecode, Rock and Roll Academy, Tech Town, Pony Ride. Plus, representatives from University of Michigan Dearborn and the Detroit Lions were on hand.
In addition to the Detroit Public School support, Ford offers a variety of community challenge and design grants throughout the U.S., China and Brazil.
Overall, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of the company, donates more than $8M a year for scholarships and other education initiatives.