FAQ

1. What is the San Diego County Salute to Education program?
San Diego County Salute to Education is a corporate-sponsored program that enhances educational opportunities within the community by awarding scholarships to senior high school students.

2. What is the purpose of the San Diego County Salute to Education program?
The purpose of the San Diego County Salute to Education program is to encourage students to continue their educations at vocational/technical schools, junior colleges, colleges or universities by awarding them with scholarships upon graduation from high school. The program recognizes students for their personal achievement and service to the community and school.

3. How much money will the San Diego County Salute to Education program award senior high school students in San Diego County this year?
The San Diego County Salute to Education program will award a minimum of $150,000 in scholarships to San Diego County senior high school students. In addition, one scholarship recipient will receive a new Mustang, Bronco Sport or the all-new Maverick.

4. Who may apply for the San Diego County Salute to Education scholarships?
A high school senior who is a candidate for graduation in the spring semester, attends an accredited public or private school in San Diego County and is a resident of San Diego County who has not received a full four year scholarship may apply for a San Diego County Salute to Education scholarship. Students who receive a full four year scholarship are not eligible to receive a San Diego County Salute to Education scholarship.

5. How many students will receive scholarships through the San Diego County Salute to Education program this year?
A minimum of 150 San Diego County senior high school students will receive scholarships in the amount of $1,000 this school year.

6. How will the five Apple laptops be awarded?
Scholarship recipients in attendance at the Scholarship Announcement Ceremony will have their names put into a tumbler, and five names will be selected at random. Those five scholarship recipients must provide their social security numbers at the event in order to receive the laptop.

7. How many students per school may apply for the San Diego County Salute to Education scholarship?
Schools are not limited in the number of students applying for or receiving San Diego County Salute to Education scholarships. This year San Diego County Salute to Education will make a contribution ranging from $500 to $1500 to the 2022 Senior Class for the eight schools sending in the most eligible, complete applications prior to the application deadline. See question 8 for more information and rules.

8. How does a school qualify for a contribution to the 2022 Senior Class?
The eight schools sending in the most eligible, complete applications, with 15% of those applications being in the Vocational/Technical category, prior to the February 18, 2022 deadline will be considered for a contribution ranging from $500 to $1500. The contribution will be given to a 501 (c)(3) organization. If the 2022 Senior Class is not a 501 (c)(3), the contribution can be given to the school’s foundation, PTSA or similar charitable organization for use by the 2022 Senior Class.

9. When will scholarship applications be available?
Salute to Education applications are available from senior high school counselors, at San Diego County Ford dealerships and on the website at www.salutetoeducation.com.

10. When is the deadline for submitting completed San Diego County Salute to Education application forms?
The deadline for submitting completed application forms is Friday, February 18, 2022. All applications must be postmarked or delivered by February 18th. A copy of the applicant’s transcript must accompany the Salute to Education application form.

11. Should the application be typed or can it be handwritten?
The complete San Diego County Salute to Education scholarship application must be typed. Handwritten information and responses will not be accepted. The application is available on the website at www.salutetoeducation.com and is formatted to allow typing directly onto the application.

12. Can responses to the essay questions be typed on separate pages and attached to the application?
Responses to the essay questions and the faculty recommendation can be typed on separate pages and attached to the application. Space allowed for responses on the application should be respected when typing on separate pages.

13. Must the transcript be an official transcript?
The transcript attached to the scholarship application does not have to be an official transcript. Computer printouts listing grades from programs such as Aeries, Grade Link, Infinite Campus, Naviance and others will not be accepted as transcripts.

14. Who will select scholarship recipients?
The San Diego County Salute to Education Advisory Council participants, educators and community leaders will review applications and select scholarship recipients.

15. How will students be notified once they have been selected to receive a scholarship?
In mid to late May, letters will be sent to each scholarship recipient. Letters will also be distributed to all San Diego County high school counselors listing the names of Salute to Education scholarship recipients.

16. When will students receive their scholarships?
Students will receive their scholarships at the Scholarship Announcement Ceremony or by mail at their permanent address through December 2022.

17. How is the San Diego County Salute to Education program funded?
Funds for the San Diego County Salute to Education program are contributed by San Diego County Ford dealers. For every new vehicle sold or leased, the San Diego County Ford dealers make a contribution to the San Diego County Salute to Education scholarship program. Additional funds are contributed by Ford Motor Company, Global Team Blue and Zubi Advertising.