Last week, Ford Motor Company Fund and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced the recipients of a total of $400,000 in scholarships and grants that will help the latter organization’s pro-education efforts.
Those efforts are split into two initiatives: lowering the rate of high school dropouts among Latin American students, and providing them with scholarships for higher education. While the Hispanic high school graduation rate has increased ten percent over the last ten years, the dropout rate is still notably higher than the national average – 10.6 percent vs. 6.5 percent.
Out of the total $400,000 donated by Ford, $160,000 has been committed to helping eight LULAC Councils across the country implement highschool dropout-prevention programs. Those Councils are:
- Council #4609 (Arlington, VA)
- Council #7 (Laredo, TX)
- Council #333 (Milwaukee, WI)
- Council #40002 (Portland, OR)
- Council #754 (Rogers, AR)
- Council #15164 (Toa Alta, PR)
- Council #11125 (Washington, DC)
- Council #5273 (Waukegan, IL)
In addition, both Council #2848 (Anaheim, California) and Council #44040 (Provo, Utah) were selected to receive another $10,000 from Ford Motor Company Fund to continue their dropout-prevention programs, following the successes they had after 2014. The remaining $220,000 has been awarded as scholarships to college-bound Latin American graduates from San Antonio, Houston, and Puerto Rico.
“We are very proud of our work with LULAC, because together we are able to provide the resources to help the Councils build brighter educational futures for thousands of students in their own communities,” said Ford Fund Community Outreach Manager Joe Avila of the donations. “Education has long been a priority for Ford, and we are committed to helping our youth acquire the tools they need for future success.”