Monday, 07 June 2021 23:03

Ford Donates $250K to Support Minority Students Entering STEM Careers in Southeast Michigan


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Ford is donating $250,000 to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) to create the Detroit Area Bridge Scholars Program, intensifying ongoing efforts to reach underrepresented students and prepare them for successful academic and professional careers in STEM fields.

Underrepresented students often face a trifecta of obstacles to overcome on their way to earning a degree in STEM fields: the overwhelming cost of school tuition, lack of preparation for university-level academic courses and little guidance on how to translate academic skills to the real world.


The new donation from Ford helps NACME address all these issues, enabling the organization to collaborate with one of its 36 university partners, University of Michigan, to create a digital bootcamp and mentoring program that will provide high school students with scholarships, educational courses and mentorship opportunities.


The program plans to engage 60 students across Southeast Michigan before they enter 11th grade and support their education through their first year of college, culminating with an opportunity to earn an internship at Ford.


“The number of ambitious, capable students the STEM field loses every year due to lack of funding and support is simply unacceptable,” said Ken Washington, chief technology officer, Ford Motor Company. “Ford is committed to building bridges so that people from all walks of life have the chance to be successful in STEM---and make a difference at places like Ford by changing the way we move.”


The new three-year program from NACME will be focused on recruiting students in Metro Detroit, where the organization already works alongside the University of Michigan to provide students with the necessary tools to succeed academically and gain admission to college.


“Ford Motor Company’s support of the Southeast Michigan Pathway to Engineering program is transformative,” said Michele Lezama, NACME president and CEO. “It will create meaningful opportunities for talented students to...

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