The Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program provides 10 tribal college scholarships and five mainstream university scholarships at $3,000 each for Native students studying science, technology, engineering, math, or business. All applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average.
“At Ford, we understand the strength of our country relies on the quality of its future leaders and the education they receive,” said Mike Schmidt of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are honored to be working with the American Indian College Fund to provide Ford Blue Oval Scholarships that support Native American students in their pursuit of higher education.”
“We are delighted that the Ford Motor Company Fund is continuing its commitment to Native education in these important fields of study,” said Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “A college education helps not just our students, but also their families and communities.”
For more information on programs made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, visit www.community.ford.com.
Julie was raised in the small town of Nowata, Oklahoma, where she was an outstanding student all through her 12 years of school. While in high school she was accepted into the pre-engineering program at Tri-County Tech in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She says this gave her the opportunity to take many advanced classes and whet her appetite for college.
Julie holds many awards and honors that she earned throughout her academic career. She was named the salutatorian for her graduating class, a member of the National Honor Society and the Oklahoma Indian Honor Society, and was honored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Outstanding Academic Performance. Julie was also named to the National Technical Honor Society, the Superintendent Honor Roll for 12 years. She received the Tsa-La-Gi Trail of Tears Award Academic Excellence Award, the English IV Academic Award, the World Literature Academic Excellence Award, the English Academic Excellence Award, the English II Academic Award, and the Economics/Oklahoma History Academic Award. Yet despite the long list of numerous awards and honors to her credit, Julie could not afford to attend college without financial assistance.
Julie says, “Education is very important to me. I am and have always been devoted to my studies. I would like to earn a double major in either accounting or business and computer sciences. An accounting or business degree would give me many options in the business field.”
Julie says, “I would like to thank the donors of the American Indian College Fund because without the generosity of others, many students would not have the opportunity to attend college. It is because of the commitment that donors make to others that a difference in a life and even in our country is made. I thank you and hope someday I am able to give to others to make dreams come true as you have.”