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William C. Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Ford Motor Company has established the William C. Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program to assist the children of employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

A message from Executive Chairman Bill Ford:

Bill Ford

Since Ford’s founding, education has been a central element of our community involvement, and helping support educational opportunities in our communities is extremely important to me. School may look different this year due to the current crisis, but I feel it is more important than ever to continue this tradition for our families inside the company.

I am pleased to offer the William Clay Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program once again in 2020. The program provides $1,500 in tuition assistance for children of U.S. Ford employees and is now open for enrollment. To qualify, students must be sophomores in college during the 2020 fall term.

While academics are important, understanding the value of giving back to the communities in which we live is also a priority. For this reason, we incorporate a community service component to the selection criteria in addition to academic achievement. I encourage everyone who is eligible to submit an application.

Over the years, I have received kind comments from many employees and their children about the importance of the program. It means a lot to me to know that the scholarship will continue to help our next generation achieve their goals.

My warmest good wishes to all of you and your families. Please stay safe and healthy. — Bill Ford

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Have questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions.

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

  • first-time applicants to the William C. Ford, Jr. Scholarship Program
  • United States citizens
  • dependent children of full-time active (as of July 31, 2020) Ford Motor Company salaried and hourly employees (excluding agency and subsidiaries)
  • unmarried
  • under the age of 25 (as of July 31, 2020)
  • 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 2020 (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 tuition and required fees.
  • Awards may not be used to offset costs for room, board, books, or supplies.

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 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.