Ford Fund Scholarship

Ford Driving Dreams STEM

The Ford Fund Scholarship is a new program for two- and four-year college students pursuing STEM-related career areas that support the Electric Vehicles and Advanced Manufacturing Industries. The fund will specifically provide support for tools, resources, technology, and/or experiences that are critical for students to thrive in their studies, helping to develop critical Future of Work skills that will help them succeed after graduation.

The Ford Fund Scholarship can be used towards supporting a wide variety of indirect costs associated with program completion in three areas:

Technology & Supplies

  • Laptops
  • Career-related software applications
  • Tools, books or uniforms required for Automotive and Collision Technician students
Building Career-Related Professional Skills

  • Certificate programs from accredited institutions
  • Testing or licensing fees required for certification
  • Data and IT Certifications
  • Living expenses to cover hands-on summer internship opportunities and Co-ops 
  • Apprenticeship training opportunities
Career-Related Student and Professional Organization Memberships and Subscriptions

Eligibility Requirements

The Ford Fund Scholarship will be made available to students from under-resourced communities who demonstrate economic need.  This will include, but is not limited to, Hispanic/Latino students, African American/Black students, and First-Generation college students. Targeted areas include Buffalo, NY; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Louisville, KY; and West Tennessee.

Majors/Areas of Study Eligible for Consideration Include:

  • Engineering: Manufacturing, Electrical, Chemical, Software, Environmental, Computer Systems, Mechanical
  • Data and Information Technology
  • Cyber-Security
  • Certification Pathways in Data/IT
  • Automotive Technician and Collision Technician Training
  • Skilled trades, such as Electrical, Machining, CAD, Welding
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Math and Science related to IT, Data, Sustainability
Two-year students will be eligible to receive up to $3,000; four-year students will be eligible to receive up to $5,000. Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the applicant.


The Ford Fund Scholarship program is currently closed.

Ford Fund Impact

For the last program year, the Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship 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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