How To Qualify

  • You are a Polk County Junior or Senior high school student (public or private).
  • You have a Florida permit or license
  • You have A's, B's, or perfect attendance.

Celebrating Drive For Excellence Since 1993

What is Drive For Excellence?

During 1993-94 school year, Bartow Ford held their very first Drive for Excellence 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.

Previous Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to SAMUEL DOOLEY! He’s a Junior at Bartow High School and he just won a new car

  The Bartow Ford Drive for Excellence program was established to encourage excellence 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 the chance to be drawn as a top qualifier for the opportunity to win a NEW Ford Vehicle! […]

Congratulations 22nd Annual Drive for Excellence 2015 Winner

2015 Winner Laini Rogers: Harrison School of the Arts Bartow Ford’s 22nd Annual 2015 Drive for Excellence  Benny Robles Sr- President, Shalie Robles, Laini Rogers, Benny Robles Jr, Jared Drake, Jeni Taylor-DJ 97 Country, Roger Todd-DJ 97 Country 2015 Teacher of the Year:  Adam Smith from Frank E. Brigham Academy Benny Robles Sr, Adam Smith […]

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. 2014 Photo Gallery

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