The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program.
Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic year and five mainstream scholarships of $3,000 per academic year will be awarded under the program. Eight TCU students must be studying science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or business fields. Four mainstream students must be studying science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or business fields. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program and have a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to students who demonstrate a commitment to American Indian communities or volunteer service.
In addition to its support for scholarships, the Ford Motor Company Fund also awarded a $10,000 grant to support the College Fund's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City, which raises support for both tribal college and Native students. "We are deeply honored to be recognized for our commitment and contributions to the American Indian College Fund," said Mike Schmidt of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "At Ford, we understand that the strength of our country relies on the quality of its leaders and the education they receive. We are pleased to support Native American students in their pursuit of higher education."
"The Ford Motor Company Fund's ongoing commitment to Native education in these important fields of study is instrumental to our students' success, while helping to impact the future sustainability of our nation as well as Native communities," said Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund.