DEARBORN – For the 26th consecutive year, Ford Motor Company awarded a $24,000 scholarship to one Detroit high school journalism student during the annual Ford Free Press Journalism Achievement Awards Banquet. The event took place at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters and featured a keynote address from Detroit Free Press Investigative Reporter Jim Schaefer.
“Ford Motor Company Fund has been providing educational opportunities for youth since its start more than 60 years ago,” said Jim Graham, Manager, Community Relations, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are especially proud to provide these opportunities for promising students from the city of Detroit.”
Six finalists were identified after an extensive application process, which included a letter of recommendation from a teacher, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, samples of journalistic writing and an essay about their future academic and career goals. The winner of the $24,000 scholarship award will be announced at the conclusion of the Ford Free Press Journalism Achievement Awards Banquet.
"My first year at Michigan State University has been a growing and learning experience and one that I consider to be a success,” said Omari Sankofa II, 2012 Ford Scholar from Renaissance High School and a sophomore at Michigan State University. “The scholarship is an enormous blessing, and I’m grateful for the support from Ford Motor Company and the Detroit Free Press.”
Past scholarship winners include former Fox 2 Detroit news anchor and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh (1989), former Free Press High School Journalism Director Erin L. Perry (2001) and Free Press sports web producer Kirkland Crawford (2002).