President’s Message

Welcome Miami-Dade and Broward County High School Seniors!

It is a great honor to be serving as President of Salute to Education and work alongside the many sponsors and volunteers who make this scholarship endeavor a success!

In 1994, the Miami-Dade and Broward County Ford and Lincoln dealers established Salute to Education with a shared goal of recognizing the achievements and tremendous potential demonstrated by high school students in South Florida. We are looking forward to continuing to support deserving high school seniors as they begin their journey to higher education.

With the consistent rise in college tuition, students have come to rely on scholarships like ours to help fund their post secondary education. The Miami-Dade and Broward County Ford and Lincoln Dealers are committed to granting scholarships and assisting high school seniors in South Florida with their educational goals. We are proud to have granted over $3.8 million in scholarships to more than 4,500 students in Miami-Dade and Broward County over the last 25 years!

The rewards of this program have begun to bear fruit, as tomorrow’s leaders are already making a difference today! Our goal is to encourage college-bound students to reach their career objectives by rewarding those who strive to achieve excellence in the classroom, as well as in their community.

On behalf of the Miami-Dade and Broward County Ford and Lincoln dealers, I would like to congratulate the 112 winners of the 2018 – 2019 Salute to Education Scholarship! We are very proud of your accomplishments and wish you much success in your college career! I would also like to wish good luck to those applying for the 2019- 2020 scholarship!

Should you have any further questions about the Salute to Education Scholarship Program, you may contact us via e-mail at

Best wishes and good luck!

Victor Benitez
President, Salute to Education
and Vice President of Gus Machado Ford