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Ford & Zipcar Give University Students Free Memberships

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Students can compete for free Zipcar memberships and driving credits to bolster the work of their community service groups and student organizations through the "Students with Drive" program. Ford will give winning groups and their schools a share of a $300,000 grant that includes cash and credits for the popular car-sharing network.

Students from eligible Zipcar/Ford colleges and Universities are encouraged to submit grant ideas to show how they would use Zipcar to make their organization more effective. Students can choose from five categories - Academic, Arts, Athletics, Community Service, Student Life - and can submit photos, videos and written explanations.. Fellow students, Zipsters and the public will vote on the best entries, with monthly prizes in each category through April and a grand prize to be awarded next spring.

Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar, says the company's car sharing model is well-suited to today's civically and socially engaged college students.

"The Students with Drive campaign recognizes and supports the next generation of young adults who are actively working to make their campuses and communities a better place, and offers a great opportunity for groups to promote their missions through social media and benefit from the flexibility and sustainability of car sharing," he said.

Ford, the largest vehicle supplier to Zipcar's University program, believes that their vehicles are ideal for student members of the Zipcar network, who seek fuel efficiency as well as style and technology in a vehicle. Ford says the 2012 Focus is especially appealing to these drivers.

Ford will award $5,500 in Zipcar credits to the monthly winner in each of the five categories. Ten runner-up groups also will receive $1,000 each in credits every month. Category winners will be added to the "Winner's Circle" grand prize competition, which will award one winner with $5,000 in Zipcar credits, $10,000 to advance the cause of the student group and $10,000 for their college or university. Four runners-up from the "Winner's Circle" will get $1,125 in Zipcar credits, $1,000 for the organization and $1,000 for the school.

Students can enter by submitting grant ideas through ZipcarU on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ZipcarU.

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