Drive for Excellence

How to Qualify

 

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 You are a Polk County Junior or Senior high school student (public or private).
 

Picto drive for excellence

 You have a Florida permit or license. 
 

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You have A's, B's, or perfect attendance 

To read all rules and regulations, please click here.

How to Qualify

Celebrating Drive for Excellence Since 1993

What is Drive for Excellence 

During 1993-94 school year, Bartow Ford held their very first Drive for Excellent vehicle giveaway for Polk County Juniors and Seniors. Every year Drive for Excellence program offers Polk County Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to win a New Ford Mustang. Founded by Bartow Ford's President Benny Robles Sr., the program was designed to encourage high school students to achieve educational excellence. 

Drive for Excellence advocates the importance of education among young adults, and rewards them with a chance to win a new Ford vehicle. The program is meant to broaden the educational perception of teenagers and inspire them to reach for all achievements.


Congratulations to Aleyda Martinez!

Winner of Bartow Ford's 25th Annual Drive for Excellence Event

The winning key was chosen by Winter Haven resident Aleyda Martinez, a junior at Discovery High School. 

''I still can't believe it,'' said Martinez, who plans to study speech pathology at Polk State College and USF after graduation. ''I'm really excited and proud that all my hard work studying paid off."

Congratulations to Aleyda Martinez!

Congratulations to Samuel Dooley!

He's a junior at Bartow High School and he just won a new car! 

The Bartow Drive for Excellence program was established to encourage exchellence in education among Polk County Juniors and Seniors. For over two decades, it has offered local students who achieve A's, B's and perfect attendance a chance to be drawn as a top qualifier for the opportunity to win a NEW Ford Vehicle! Excellent work Samuel! 

He held key #14

Congratulations to Samuel Dooley!

Congratulations to Maria Lugo Guttierrez

2016 Winner Maria Lugo Gutierrez from Bartow High School

Bartow Ford celebrated our 23rd Drive for Excellence on May 14, 2016. We had an exceptional group of 20 finalists. Adrenalin was running high as the students, parents, and us here at Bartow Ford, anticipated who would walk away with the new Ford Mustang. One by one, the finalists turned their key... with each turn the finalinsts waiting would breathe a sigh of relief. This went on for 13 tries and then, it was Maria Lugo Gutierrez of Bartow High School's turn. Maria was the 14th finalist drawn, today she pulled the chip with number 14, and the date is the 14th. Maria turned the key and... the door opened! She was instantly overwhelmed with excitement. Her mother and brother (her good luck charms) climbed over the rope and the shared in a jumping embrace.

Congratulations to Maria Lugo Guttierrez

Congratulations to Laini Rogers!

Congratulations 22nd Annual Drive for Excellence 2015 Winner!

2015 Winner Laini Rogers: Harrison School of the Arts

2015 Teacher of the Year: Adam Smith from Frank E. Brigham Academy

Congratulations to Laini Rogers!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Sullivan

Winner of the 2014 Drive for Excellence

Jacqueline Sullivan, a senior at Lake Region High School, won the 2014 Drive for Excellence held on May 10th, 2014. For the 21st anniversary of the educational program, a new 2014 Mustang was the grand prize. 

Congratulations to Jacqueline Sullivan

Congratulations to Sierra Coffman!

Winner of the 2013 Drive for Excellence

Sierra Coffman of George W. Jenkins High School was the winner of the 2013 Drive for Excellence held on May 18th, 2013. For the 20th anniversary of the educational program, a new 2014 Mustang V6 Convertible was the grand prize.

Congratulations to Sierra Coffman!