Kingman grad gets college boost from Ford dealer

KINGMAN – While many graduates of Kingman High School might choose careers in distant cities or states, Sarah Warren does not plan to be one of them.

"I grew up here and like rural communities," she said.

"We're more tight-knit than big cities."

Warren received a $5,000 check Wednesday from Bo Wiley, dealer and managing partner of Wiley Automotive Group/Colorado River Ford Lincoln Mercury.

She is a 2004 recipient of a Ford Country Scholars Program scholarship that may be applied toward tuition at any college or university.

Warren said she hopes to attend Purdue University in Indiana in the fall.

She has been accepted there for admission, but is trying to arrange financing for her post-secondary education.

"I'm going to major in pre-medicine," she said.

"I hope to become a pharmacist."

Sarah is the daughter of John and Debbie Warren.

John Warren said Sarah took advanced placement and college level courses at KHS, enabling her to graduate one year early.

Ford Motor Co.

instituted its Ford Country Scholars Program in 2002 to run for three years.

It presents scholarships for $5,000 each to high school seniors and juniors in 11 western states.

Awards to be made in the three-year period of the program total 775 scholarships delivered for students in Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.

Students could visit a Ford dealership or apply for a scholarship online.

Just eight students went in to the Colorado River Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership in Kingman to apply this year, according to Jessie Sayas, public relations director for Wiley Automotive Group and the local dealership.

"A panel of three judges read essays the students wrote about themselves, their intended field of study and why they want to return to a rural community after college," Sayas said.

"In addition to the essay, judges looked at the applicant's grade-point average and community service in determining winners."

While the program is scheduled to end this year, Colorado River Ford Lincoln Mercury officials will recommend the program be continued by Ford Motor Co., Sayas said.

"It's nice to be able to provide financial assistance to kids committed to a rural life," she said.