Ford Awards Over $50,000 in Scholarships to Detroit Youth Choir


If you’re a fan of the popular NBC show, “America’s Got Talent”, then you may have heard the inspiring success story of the Detroit Youth Choir. Now, one week after their award-winning performance on the primetime competition show, the Detroit Youth Choir has even more to celebrate. 


Following a special rehearsal, which took place at the historic Michigan Central Station, the Ford Motor Company Fund awarded each individual member of the 52-student choir with a $1,000 scholarship. All totaled, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company donated $52,000 in future education funds.


In addition, Ford also donated a 15-passenger Transit van to assist the choir with their travel needs, including transportation to and from rehearsals and community events. 


“We share the pride and excitement of Detroiters everywhere in recognizing these remarkable and talented young people,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “We’re thrilled to be able to help them not only with their transportation challenges, but also the next chapter of their lives.”


This past summer, the Detroit Youth Choir drew a national following as a result of their incredible performances on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” program. The choir made an impressive run, eventually earning second place and narrowly missing out on the $1 million grand prize.


The Detroit Youth Choir was founded in 1996 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving young people through music, dance,and theatrical arts. In addition, the Detroit Youth Choir also focuses on the development of student talent and creativity as well as life skills. 


Ford Fund’s donation is just the latest in an increasing string of community investments Ford has made over the past 10 years. Since then, Ford Fund has invested over $177 million in local Detroit and Michigan communities.
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