Ford Driving Dreams Grants Program
LULAC and Ford Motor Company Fund hold a mutual belief that education is the gateway to opportunity. Together, they strive to support programs that help Hispanic students achieve on-time graduation and provide a pathway to obtain a higher education.
Educational initiatives and investments, such as Ford Driving Dreams, have contributed to the declining high school dropout rates and increasing college enrollment rates among Hispanics. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, high school dropout rates across the United States among general populations of students increased to 6% in 2021 from 5% in 2019. Drop-out rates for Hispanic youth, however, were at 7.7% in 2019. During this time, the share of Hispanic high school graduates who enrolled in college increased significantly from 32% in 1999 to 47% in 2016. However, multiple sources report seeing that number take a notable dip to under 20% and attribute that to obstacles caused by the pandemic. While these improvements in academic attainment among Hispanic students have had a positive impact on the community, high school dropout rates among the demographic remain higher at almost 8% compared to their White (5%), Asian (3%), and Black (6%) peers.
Through this initiative, LULAC Councils and their educational partner organizations work in their local communities to achieve education equity across the United States. To date, the Ford Driving Dreams Grants Program has funded over 88 programs across 25 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, supported the education of more than 2,900 students, and served as a convener and facilitator of the growth of LULAC councils.
The Ford Driving Dreams Grants program aims to:
2022-2024 Ford Driving Dreams Grants Program
Anaheim, CA – Council #2848
Educational Partner: Anaheim Independent Learning Center
El Paso, TX – Council #8
Educational Partner:LULAC National Educational Service Centers
Killeen, TX - Council #4297
Educational Partner: The Central TX Herencia Foundation
Corpus Christi, TX - Council #22431
Educational Partner: Ben-Bolt-Palito Blanco High School
Brookfield, IL – Council 5238
Educational Partner: Latinx Digital LEaders now (Latinx DLN)
Belvidere, IL – Council #5303
Educational Partner: Waukegan to College
Chicago, IL – Council #5316
Educational Partner: Central States SER, Jobs for Progress Inc.
Kansas City, MO – Council #11085
Educational Partner: LULAC National Education Service Centers
New Haven, CT – Council #713
Educational Partner: Dominican Women’s Development Center
Bayamon, PR – Council #15164
Educational Partner: Colegio Hostosiano
Milwaukee,WI – Council #333
Educational Partner: El Puente High School
For more funding opportunities, visit LULAC.org/funding.