Ford Driving Dreams Grants

LULAC and Ford Motor Company Fund believe that education is the gateway to opportunity and 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. From 1996 to 2018, high school dropout rates decreased significantly from 34% to 10% respectively. During this time, the share of Hispanic high school graduates who enrolled in college increased form 32% in 1999 to 47% in 2016. While these improvements in educational attainment among Hispanic students are notable, high school dropout rates remain higher at 10% compared to their White (5%), Asian (3%), and Black (7%) counterparts.

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 82 programs across 25 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, supported the education of more than 2,800 students, and served as a convener and facilitator of the growth of LULAC councils.

The Ford Driving Dreams Grants program aims to:

  • Achieve on-time high school graduation among targeted students.
  • Increase students’ rate of on-time promotion to the next grade.
  • Improve the academic performance of the students (grades and test scores).
  • Improve interpersonal relationships between the students and their peers, teachers, administrators, and family members.
  • Reduce juvenile delinquency and youth involvement in gangs.
  • Foster a sense of community in schools and neighborhoods and build better relationships among peers, parents, and teachers.

2022 Ford Driving Dreams Grants Program

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