Daily Light staff
Colton Lee from Waxahachie High School and Rayah Pierce from Waxahachie Global High School were among 250 students from 146 North Texas schools to receive scholarships from the Ford Fund and North Texas Ford Dealers.
The students were awarded Ford Driving Dreams scholarships during a virtual ceremony on June 4.
The Ford Motor Company Fund matched every dollar invested by the North Texas Ford dealers to award $500,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships to students through their participation in the “What Drives Your Dreams?” essay contest.
“Our collaborative work with the North Texas Ford dealers demonstrates Ford’s commitment to continue investing in education and helping to strengthen communities,” said Joe Ávila, manager, U.S. & Latin America, Ford Motor Company Fund, in a news release.
Students heard from entrepreneur, investor and owner of Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban; Ross Bjork, athletic director at Texas A&M; Ford representatives and others who congratulated the students and urged them to stay focused on their goals, work hard and not be deterred by challenges. Students also had the opportunity to receive e-gift cards through their participation in virtual trivia.
Ford Driving Dreams has impacted more than 200,000 students across the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Europe since it was launched in 2012.