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The application program will be live on or after June 1, 2023. Please return then to view the updated program information for the upcoming academic year!

William Clay Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program
Live application window: June 1, 2023 through August 1, 2023 4:00 pm ET

The William Clay Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program was established by Executive Chair William Clay Ford, Jr. to assist Ford employees and their children in paying for postsecondary education.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Have questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions.

A message from Executive Chair Bill Ford:

Bill Ford

Education is key to discovering and preparing for our paths in life. Parents face distinct challenges during their children’s college years, and assisting our employees in their efforts to make educational opportunities available to their children remains important to me.
I am pleased to offer the William Clay Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program once again in 2023. The program provides $1,500 in assistance for children of U.S. Ford employees and is now open for enrollment. To qualify, students must be sophomores in college during the 2023 fall term. Recipients may use the scholarship funds toward several educational expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, and required equipment.
In addition to academic achievement, a community service component will be incorporated into the selection criteria again this year. I have seen firsthand the lasting influences community involvement has on people’s lives and been deeply touched by the specific plans to give back to others that past scholarship recipients have shared with me over the years.
It is my pleasure to continue to present this program, and I encourage every eligible student to submit an application.

My best wishes to all of you and your families.


Applicants to the William Clay Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program must be:

  • first-time applicants to the William Clay Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program
  • United States citizens
  • dependent children of full-time active (as of July 31, 2023) Ford Motor Company salaried and hourly employees (excluding agency and subsidiaries)
  • unmarried
  • under the age of 25 (as of July 31, 2023)
  • students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States
  • must be classified as an undergraduate sophomore for fall term 2023 (as determined by your post secondary institution)

Award information:

  • One-time scholarships of $1,500 each will be granted to the top 25% of students based on academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities.
  • The scholarships may only be used for education-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies and required equipment.
  • Awards may not be used to offset costs for room or board.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Ford Motor Company play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in late-September. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Ford Motor Company. Payments are made in October. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

The Ford Motor Company has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.