Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may be a car company, but it decided to lend a helping hand to 350 Detroit students, offering them an entirely different set of wheels. The Italian-American carmaker rolled out hundreds of new bicycles and stacks of books for some lucky Detroit-area students.
This July, Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) will host 24 exceptional middle school students from five Midwestern states. Ten of them have won a new, competitive scholarship called Junior Women in Engineering, funded by $10,000 from the Ford Motor Company.
The weeklong program will take place on the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton, Michigan, July 24 to 30, 2016.
The program is an exploration of the various types of engineering, showcasing future career paths.
You know Ford Motor Company, the automotive giant. But what you may not be familiar with is the multibillion-dollar grant-making foundation established by its founder Henry Ford’s son in 1936. Today, the Ford Foundation gives over $500 million in grants every year and is second only to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in assets.
You can imagine the hype it created when Ford Foundation announced last year it would focus its efforts entirely on inequality.