The House has approved an education bill that would create math and science scholarships named after Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford.
The scholarship program will help high-achieving students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees in math, science, engineering and health-related fields.
It was part of an education bill that was approved Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.
Students pursuing a math or science-related major who finish their first year with at least a 3.0 GPA will be eligible. The scholarships will provide $5,000 a year and up to $20,000 per student.
Michigan Congressman Joe Knollenberg, who sponsored the legislation, said he named the scholarship after the automotive pioneer because the nation needs more innovators like Ford to compete with China and India.