Ford Scholarship Award given to Chicago high-school students.
Press Release Summary:
June 29, 2009 - Ford Blue Oval Scholarships were awarded to 4 winning teams, receiving awards totaling $35,000. In partnership of Ford Motor Company Fund, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and SME Education Foundation, week-long competition featured 25 students from 8 Chicago Public Schools as part of 2009 Future Founders Academy. Scholarship criteria required student to want to pursue science, technology, engineering, or manufacturing career and to pursue college degree.
Original Press Release
Ford Blue Oval Scholarships Awarded to Local High School Students at 2nd Annual Founders Academy
Press release date: June 25, 2009
Mia Bridges, Graduate, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
Zoe Damacela, incoming senior, Whitney Young High School
Brandon Tucker, incoming senior, Global Visions Academy Second Place - $3,500 Scholarships Each
Sean Coleman, incoming senior, Chicago Vocational Career Academy
Lucia Gonzalez, incoming senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
Devante Perry, incoming senior, Global Visions Academy Third Place - $2,333 Scholarships Each
Devin King, Graduate, ACE Technical Charter High School
Mia Lee, Graduate, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
John Nash, incoming senior, George Washington High School Fourth Place - $1,166 Scholarships Each
Corey Barksdale, Graduate, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
Jessalyn Lofton, incoming senior, Global Visions Academy
Ezequiel Negrete, Graduate, Edwin G. Foreman High School Future Founders Academy
The 2009 Future Founders Academy is a continuation of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center's Future Founders program that promotes entrepreneurship in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools on Chicago's South Side. During the past nine months, 110 students from four Chicago Public high schools have received insight on creating and running businesses of their own. Throughout the school year, some of the region's top entrepreneurs mentor and advise students as they develop business plans, culminating in an 'American Idol' style business plan competition at ESPN Zone. In addition to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Future Founders Academy is made possible by the Motorola Foundation, AT&T, Harris N.A., Smart Bet Charity and in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The Academy includes students from eight South Side Chicago high schools: ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) Technical Charter School, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA), Global Visions Academy, Edwin G. Foreman High School, George Washington High School, the South Shore School of Entrepreneurship and Whitney Young Magnet High School. About Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services:
Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism and cultural diversity for those who live in the communities where Ford operates. Established in 1949 and made possible by funding from Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and institutions that foster innovative education, auto-related safety, and American heritage and legacy. National programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which provides high school students with academically rigorous 21st century learning experiences, and Driving Skills for Life, a teen-focused auto safety initiative. The Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005, continues Ford's legacy of caring worldwide. Through the Volunteer Corps, Ford employees and retirees participate in a wide range of volunteer projects in their communities. About Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC):
The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) works at the intersection of business success and civic engagement. It identifies the region's most promising entrepreneurs and helps them build high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership for the Chicagoland area. Since 2003, the CEC has helped our client entrepreneurs secure $160 million in revenue, raise almost $105 million in financing, and create or retain nearly 4,500 jobs. In turn, CEC clients fuel the entrepreneurial ecosystem of our city by mentoring young talent, advising their peers, and joining the CEC "movement" to inspire entrepreneurship in Chicagoland. The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial is an affiliate of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. To learn more visit www.chicagolandec.org and www.futurefounders.com. About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $29 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at http://www.smeef.org and award-winning website, Manufacturing is Cool!