South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers seek candidates for their Salute to Education scholarships


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Salute to Education, the scholarship program funded by the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers for the past 18 years, has announced that it is currently accepting applications online for one of their $1,500 scholarships. Fifty students will be awarded. They also will be awarding each scholarship winner with a laptop computer in addition to the scholarship grant. Deadline to submit the applications online is January 26, 2012. 

This year, the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers will be awarding $75,000 in scholarships and laptop computers to graduating high school seniors from Miami-Dade County public and private high schools.  Students may apply online at

Students who apply must meet the criteria and requirements listed on the Salute to Education website. Applicants must complete a series of questions, including four essay questions, as part of the application process. Scholarship guidelines require applicants choose from one of the four main categories in which he/she is qualified. The categories are 1) Athletics, 2) Arts (Language Arts/Foreign Language & Performing/Visual Arts), 3) Leadership/Service, and 4) Sciences (Mathematics/Computer Science & Natural Science). Only one category may be chosen.

A Scholarship Committee comprised of community, civic and educational leaders judge each application and selects the top 50 students from Miami-Dade County.  Scholarship recipients will be honored at the annual Salute to Education Scholarship Awards Luncheon on June 9, 2012.

“We recognize the tremendous potential in the students within our community and we are committed to helping them pursue their dreams of a higher education,” said David Menten, President of Salute to Education and President of Sawgrass Ford.  “With the consistent rise in college tuition, students have come to rely on scholarships like ours to help fund their education.  Although we continue to live in challenging economic times, the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers are still committed to continue granting scholarships and assisting high school seniors in South Florida with their educational goals!”

The Miami-Dade and Broward County Ford and Lincoln Dealers and Ford Motor Company have awarded over $3.5 million in scholarships to more than 3,700 deserving public and private high school seniors in both counties.   Established in 1994, Salute to Education is a non-profit organization funded through dealership contributions and corporate support from several divisions within Ford Motor Company.

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