Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund Announce Release of New Empowering America Video

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The College of Saint Rose Student Kurticiah Niles Receives $5,000 Scholarship for Winning Video

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, announced today that The College of Saint Rose student Kurticiah Niles is the winner of the Empowering America video contest. Ms. Niles was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and her winning video highlighting the accomplishments of Toni Morrison, Gabrielle Giffords, and Sonia Sotomayor can now be viewed on AWM’s web site. These women are all featured in the Empowering America educational booklets.

“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is proud to continue our long association with Ford Motor Company with the Empowering America program,” said AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “We congratulate Kurticiah on winning the Empowering America video contest and we look forward to sharing her outstanding work on our website.”

Empowering America is a public service campaign that profiles inspiring women who have pioneered in fields such as science, social reform, public service, sports, journalism, music and aviation. Established in 2008, this program provides innovative learning tools and educational collateral materials to underprivileged middle schools across the country. In 2014, AWMF with the support of Ford Motor Company Fund will donate educational booklets and artisan‐quality posters to middle schools in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA, meaning thousands of middle school students will be exposed to the true stories of American women who have made a difference.

Since AWM’s 60th Anniversary in 2011, the Empowering America program has also included a student scholarship. The competition challenged students to create a short video celebrating the many inspiring women featured in the Empowering America collateral.

"Ford supports a wide variety of educational opportunities that inspire young people to reach beyond their limits," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "We are pleased to join with the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation in this innovative program."

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services: Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through l programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit

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