School official honors his great-grandfather

District board member Ford creates two $1,000 scholarships after man focused on education
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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With college costs rising, one school board member is trying to help offset some of the cost. This year, Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Governing Board Member Zak Ford established the Daniel Campbell Ford Scholarship in his great-grandfather’s honor. “I wanted to do something special for my first year as a district governing board member,” Ford said. “With these tough economic times, I thought it was a good reason to open up my pocketbook and help out.” The Daniel Campbell Ford Scholarship will be awarded to two Folsom Cordova Unified School District graduating seniors planning to continue their education at a two-year or four-year college or university, Ford said. Two students will each be awarded the $1,000 scholarship – one from Rancho Cordova and one from Folsom. Ford chose to honor his great-grandfather because of his passion for education. Born in the early 1890s, Daniel’s formal education never exceeded the second grade level, Ford said. The elder Ford became a coal miner in Tennessee in his teens and started a family. He despised working in the mines and especially despised the thought of any of his children joining him in the mining profession one day. “My great-grandfather wanted more opportunity for his children and desired that each would receive a quality education,” Ford said. “He decided to sell everything he could and move his family to California.” Daniel Ford arrived in California in 1921 and spent many years as a migrant farm worker. He eventually became a business owner, operating a small grocery store and gas station. “He literally only came to California with a dream,” Ford said. “He always encouraged his children to take advantage of their educational opportunities. He was proud that all 11 of his children graduated from high school. This rate would have been high at the time and nearly unfathomable had he stayed in Tennessee.” He said he will always remember his great-grandfather’s enormous sacrifice that benefited his family for three generations allowing nearly all of his grandchildren to graduate from college. Now Ford said he hopes to help provide other students with the same educational opportunities provided to him. “Now that I have a position in the community where I have an opportunity to give back, it’s important for me to do it while also honoring my great-grandfather,” Ford said. Angela Brouqua, 17, is a senior at Folsom High School and is applying for the scholarship. “I like this scholarship because it looks at what your family income is and they base it on your family needs,” Brouqua said. “Right now so many students are in need of financial help to attend college.” Brouqua said she plans to attend California State University, Sacramento, next year. “I also chose this scholarship because it’s all about honoring someone who made a sacrifice or a difference in your life,” she said. Students can contact Zak Ford at (916) 813-6658 or For more information and scholarship applications, visit