Through the Ford Motor Blue Oval Scholars Program, The Ford Motor Company Fund is giving $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund, which gives college scholarships to Native students.
The program will award ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships and five mainstream scholarships. Each scholarship will amount to $3,000 per academic year. Of the ten TCU students who receive scholarships, eight must be either business students or students of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Requirements will be the same for four of the five students receiving mainstream scholarships. In order to qualify for these college scholarships, students must enrolled in a 2- or 4-year degree program and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Students who show a dedication to volunteer service or who positively contribute to American Indian communities, will be given preference.
The Ford Motor Company Fund also supported Native college students by giving $10,000 in support to the College Fund’s 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City.
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, stated that Ford Motor Company’s commitment to educating Native college students in STEM fields is not just vital to the students’ success, but will also impact the future sustainability of both the nation and Native American communities.
The goal of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is to promote driving safety and education and positively impact community life. They have been funded by the Ford Motor Company for over 60 years. The Fund supports programs that encourage innovation in education, enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants.
The American Indian College Fund was founded in 1989. For 25 years, it has provided an average of 6,000 college scholarships a year to American Indian and Alaskan Native students who attend tribal colleges and universities, and it is the largest supporter of the 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on or near Indian reservations in the United States.
The Native American College Fund offers both the Full Circle Scholarship Program and the TCU Scholarship Program to Native American and Alaskan Native college students attending tribal colleges. It also awards college scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending non-tribal public and nonprofit private colleges and universities. Those attending non-tribal colleges and universities are eligible for the Full Circle Scholarship Program, while those attending tribal colleges are eligible for both scholarship programs.
For more information regarding the Native American College Fund, go to www.collegefund.org.