This week, Ford Motor Company Fund and the North Texas Ford Dealers announced plans to deliver over $800,000 in education and awareness programs in 2015 in order to prepare students for a stronger future. The initiatives focus on two areas:
- Promoting reading at an early age, and
- Helping students graduate from high school on time, and go to college
The investment by FoMoCo and local Ford dealers will make over $350,000 in scholarships — more than double last year’s support — available to over 14,000 students throughout North Texas across nearly 100 high schools this year.
“We are very excited to continue this program in North Texas,” said Sam Pack, chairman of the North Texas Ford Dealers. “Education is a top priority for Ford and its dealers and we believe this is an excellent opportunity to support student achievement in our communities.”
The program kicked off Wednesday, January 28th with nationally-recognized empowerment speaker Roy Juarez, Jr. at a pep rally at Moises E. Molina High School in the Dallas Independent School District. It will be followed by motivational rallies at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School (Dallas), H. Grady Spruce High School and South Hills High School.
“Our goal is to accelerate our efforts in innovative ways”, said Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund. “By working with our dealers to take a more focused approach in the neighborhoods where we operate, we are building on our previous success to drive a brighter future for our young people.”
The $800,000 in funding brings Ford’s community investment in North Texas to nearly $2 million since the Ford Fund and local Ford dealers launched their unique collaboration in 2013.