Ford Motor Company is honoring the accomplishments of the Jackie
Robinson West Little League U.S. Champions by contributing to an annual
scholarship at the team's namesake, the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Jackie Robinson West captured the hearts of fans in Chicago and across
the country as the team advanced from its home field on the city's far
South Side to become U.S. Little League Champions.
"Ford Motor Company Fund salutes the tremendous impact these youngsters
and the Jackie Robinson West league have had on Chicago and across the
nation," said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, Government and
Community Relations, Ford Motor Company. "Supporting education has been
a cornerstone of Ford since the company was founded more than 100 years
ago. We're proud to build on that legacy and our long manufacturing
presence in Chicago by assisting a student who best exemplifies the
ideals Jackie Robinson represented."
Ford's contribution of $10,000 a year will go toward a four-year Jackie
Robinson Foundation college scholarship awarded to a member of the
ackie Robinson West Little League, beginning in summer 2015. The player
earning the scholarship will join a select group of college-bound
students chosen annually who receive grants and a host of mentoring
services, internship placements and practical life skills during their
four years of college.
Ford Motor Company Fund invests more than $8 million a year in
scholarships and other education initiatives, including other support to
the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Since 1973, the Jackie Robinson
Foundation has awarded more than $65 million in scholarships and other
support for 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community
partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford
Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing
funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches
new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods.
Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high
school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants.
Through Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and
retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30
countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
For news releases, related materials and high-resolution photos and
video, visit www.media.ford.com.
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