Ford Motor Company is a multinational auto manufacturer headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, with over 65 plants worldwide, that specializes in designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing, and servicing its products—including trucks, SUVs, and electrical cars, as well as vehicles under the Lincoln Motor Company brand.
The Ford Motor Company Fund is the company’s philanthropic wing. Since 1949, it has granted more than $2.1 billion to projects around the world, focused primarily on education, safety, community life, and employee volunteerism. It supports a diverse range of causes across those categories, from hunger relief and health care, to driver safety, cultural enrichment, and education.
Ford also launched and continues to support a number of its own education programs, like Ford College Community Challenge, and the Ford Driving Dreams Tour, which helps “hardworking students reach their academic and career dreams through extensive programming, targeted initiatives, and motivational events." The company also advances education through programs, such as Ford First Gen, Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy, Henry Ford Academy, Ford Next Generation Learning, and a number of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education programs and initiatives.
Ford has partnered with HSF since 1987, by funding HSF Scholarships and Parent & Student Support Services, Scholar Support Services, the 2019 STEM Summit, and the Alumni Hall of Fame Awards. (The HSF STEM Summit is an annual science, technology, engineering, and math conference that gives the best and brightest HSF Scholars with an interest in one or more STEM fields, an inside track to career success, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance.)