November 17, 2016

Ford Customer Service Division creates endowed scholarship in the College of Engineering

A $35,000 gift from the Ford Motor Company has established an endowed scholarship at Wayne State University’s College of Engineering to support students pursuing degrees in engineering or STEM-related fields. Scholarships will support financially challenged students and those who have participated in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) or any of the College of Engineering’s Office of Community Engagement’s K-12 outreach programs.

“This scholarship is an investment in Detroit’s future,” said Frederiek Toney, president, Global Ford Customer Service Division.  “Providing financial support to economically challenged students is an important step in building a skilled and motivated work force in our community.  We are proud to partner with Wayne State University in this endeavor.”

Ford Motor Company established the Ford Customer Service Endowed Scholarship with proceeds from the annual UAW-Ford Customer Service Division Charity Golf Outing. Each year, proceeds from the outing will be shared between immediate need-based scholarships for students and building the endowment.

“We are thankful Ford Motor Company chose to support our students and further contribute to building Detroit’s STEM workforce,” said College of Engineering Dean Farshad Fotouhi. “Ford’s continued generosity to Wayne State will help more of our talented students succeed.”

“We are grateful for the new partnership created between Ford Motor Company and Wayne State University,” said Sandra Hughes O’Brien, Wayne State University Board of Governors. “This scholarship enshrines the Ford name with the university for years to come.”

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit

About Wayne State University
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.


Heidi Coates
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