July 10, 2015

Ford Motor Company Fund and LULAC announce 2015 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education grant winners

Ford Motor Company Fund announced a total of US$ 180,000 for the 2015 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education LULAC* grantees as they work together to promote on-time high school graduation and college enrollment among Latinos, the fastest-growing segment
in public schools. The grantee recipients were announced at LULAC's 86th Annual National Convention in Salt Lake City.

Eight LULAC councils will each receive a US$ 20,000 grant over two school years to implement a high school dropout prevention program in partnership with an educational entity. The eight grant recipients are:
• Chicago, IL #313
• Corpus Christi, TX #1
• Little Rock, AR #756
• Milwaukee, WI #319
• Moline, IL #5285
• Sacramento, CA #2862
• Stockton, CA #2060
• Vancouver, WA. #47013

Given their success, two grantees from 2013 - LULAC Council #8035, Albuquerque, NM and LULAC Council #4933, Austin, TX - were selected to receive a US$ 10,000 grant from Ford to continue their programs for an additional school year. These model councils will continue programs that uniquely promote on-time high school graduation through student engagement activities such as mentoring and academic support. The eight new LULAC council grantees will begin to implement their programs this fall.

"For six consecutive years, Ford Driving Dreams Through Education has activated local LULAC Councils around the country. Together we have made an extraordinary impact on more than 1,200 students by providing them with access to technology resources and innovative opportunities that help them achieve academic success," said Joe Avila, Manager of Community Outreach, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "Education will always be a priority for Ford because there is still much work to do to ensure that Hispanics attain a solid education that will prepare them for the future."

"LULAC has always placed great emphasis on education and leadership development of our youth," said Margaret Moran, National President, LULAC. "Although we have seen a decrease in the nation's dropout rate, we must continue our efforts to ensure all students graduate from high school. Today, we congratulate the grant recipients for helping Latino students graduate and thank the Ford Motor Company Fund for its continued help in this effort."

* League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)


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