Ford Motor Company Fund will celebrate the achievements of more than 160 graduating seniors from 10 Detroit-area high schools at its sixth annual Blue Oval Scholarship program. The awards, ranging from $250 to $1,000, will be presented Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Blue Oval Scholarships encourage students to show improvement in academic achievement and their overall school performance and also encourages them to pursue their post-high school educational goals. In the seven-year history of the program, Ford has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to assist almost 1,000 Detroit-area high school graduates with tuition, books, fees and other educational costs.
This year’s recipients come from 10 high schools: Central Collegiate Academy, Cody, Osborn, Southeastern and Western – all in Detroit; and Harper Woods High School, Mt. Clemens High School, Pontiac High School, River Rouge High School and Ypsilanti Community High School(s).
“At Ford Motor Company, we believe that student achievement is the cornerstone to future progress, and supporting the next generation of leaders is critical to the growth of the communities we serve,” said Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “The Blue Oval Scholarship program reinforces academic excellence and encourages high school students to pursue their dreams so they may become reality.”