Ford offers £1 million to UK students

Ford’s UK university ‘Blue Oval’ scholarship programme is offering support to 100 students as part of the brand’s centenary celebrations in the UK.

Ford will give students £10,000 over three years in grants to students taking part in engineering, science, manufacturing and technology courses at UK universities with a view to working at the manufacturer in future.

"Ford has played an important role in the local community and in the development of mass transport over the many decades," Bill Ford, great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, said. "I am pleased to be able to support a new generation of technical innovators that can play a part in shaping the future of mobility in our next 100 years.”

The fund will go some way to softening the blow of £9,000 fees per year in the majority of UK universities.

Ford has strong ties with UK engineering and currently designs and builds the EcoBoost range of petrol engines at the Dagenham and Bridgend sites in the UK.

Over 15,000 people are employed by Ford in the UK and two million engines per year are produced. The UK is also home to Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, which focuses on the design of diesel powertrains and commercial vehicles for Europe.

Joe Greenwell, chairman of Ford of Britain, said: "The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Programme will help encourage young people to study engineering, science and technology at university. These skills are fundamental to our future industrial base, the rebalancing of the UK economy and long term economic success."