Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship

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The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage high school seniors from the Austin, Houston, North Texas, and San Antonio areas to pursue a degree at U.S. post-secondary institutions. The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Program is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).

The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Program awards $2,000 scholarships to qualified high school seniors. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent and plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university. The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Program is available to qualifying students from select schools in North Texas and school districts in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior in the spring of 2021
  • Must be a student planning to pursue full-time studies leading to a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent
  • Locations: Austin, TXHouston, TX,  North Texas,  San Antonio, TX


For consideration, applicants must submit the following online by March 31, 2022:

  • High school transcript
  • What Dreams Your Dreams” essay (500 – 1000 words, 12-pt font, double-spaced, PDF)
  • One letter of recommendation addressed to the Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Resume

Program Impact

For the last program year, the program awarded two hundred fifty (250) $2,000 scholarships to students from the North Texas area, fifty (50) in the Houston area, and twenty-five (25) from the San Antonio area, totaling $650,000.

From the previous cohort of recipients, 90% of students continued their studies in a post-secondary institution.

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