Ford knows that the future of the auto industry is in the hand of a new generation of up-and-coming talent. That’s why it seeks to empower everyone who has the potential to make change a reality. Ford recently donated $250,000 to the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, which will bring STEM education to 80 underrepresented students.
Ford and DAPCEP are establishing a new Future Forward program that will aid 11th and 12th grade students from Detroit. Those selected for the program can take part in courses, benefit from Ford mentorship, and can even qualify for internships and a pre-college program.
DAPCEP Executive Director Michelle Reaves said that the goal of the partnership is to provide access to STEM education to students from underserved communities.
“According to recent UCLA research, 22 percent of Black students and 29 percent of Latinx students complete a STEM degree within six years. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the world will need more scientists, engineers, and researchers who represent and support underrepresented communities,” said Reaves.
Ford is committed to the future, and it shows in how it invests in American students and workers. The result will no doubt be continued innovation for years to come, resulting in more game-changing vehicles like the 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E.
Learn more about how Ford is changing the driving experience. Visit Shults Ford Wexford in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and see what the Blue Oval has in store for you.
As many families descend on Washington, D.C. this summer for lessons in our nation’s history and unique culture, at least one museum will be under heavy construction, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Ford Motor Company’s $1 million donation is playing a large role in making the construction of that museum possible.
When the 400,000-square-foot building is completed in 2016, it will be the only national museum dedicated to exploring American history, art, culture, and life from the eyes of African Americans.
“Since Henry Ford’s groundbreaking $5 a day wage in 1913, which paid people equally regardless of race, Ford has invested in programs that empower and celebrate the African American community,” said Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford is proud to work with the Smithsonian on this museum that will recognize the tremendous contributions of African Americans to our country and our world.”
In addition to funding the museum’s capital campaign, Ford’s donation will also be used to support the launch of key programs once the museum opens.
Until it is completed, you can view some of its exhibitions on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are excited to experience the finished product in the next few years.
Last year, Ford and Lincoln dealers gave back $89 million and 654,240 in volunteer hours to their local communities. We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are immensely proud to be part of that number, and we are excited to continue our efforts throughout this year as well.
In Ford’s Survey on Dealer Giving, 96 percent of dealerships responded saying they financially supported local causes in 2013, while 86 percent reported staff getting involved in the community in a more personal way by volunteering their time.
“The amazing results illustrate the breadth of giving from our U.S. dealers – both to local causes and nonprofits around the world,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s Board of Directors and overseer of the Salute to Dealers awards program. “These dealers’ passion for making a difference in the lives of their customers and their communities is a value they pass on to their employees and future generations.”
Shults has had the privilege of supporting various community activities in the past year, including a Christmas tree sale to benefit Junior Achievement programs in schools throughout western Pennsylvania and our Junior Yee Haw visit to the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.
Speaking of Yee Haws, have you recorded yours lately? We’re in the middle of our Sweet $25,000 Yee Haw Contest. Don’t miss this opportunity to record a special, Shults-of-a-kind “Sweet” Yee Haw before Valentine’s Day and the chance to win $5,000. We’ll also donate $5,000 to charity.
We hope to see you soon when you record your sweet Yee Haw; and be sure to stop by and say hello when you see us around town!