National History Day and FCA Foundation Help DCPS Students Become Leaders

March 25, 2015, Washington, DC – National History Day (NHD) announced today at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Brightwood Education Campus a grant for $5,000 from the FCA Foundation (formerly known as The Chrysler Foundation), the automotive company’s charitable arm, to support city-wide DCPS student participation in National History Day projects, workshops and competitions.

NHD Executive Director, Cathy Gorn, made the announcement at the inaugural NHD student project showcase at Brightwood, where eighth grade students displayed and described to parents and members of the community the exhibit boards reflecting their research on this year’s NHD contest theme of Leadership and Legacy.

“NHD is proud to receive support from the FCA Foundation to reach a broader group of DCPS students who can benefit from our project-based learning program,” said Gorn. “We’re also grateful for the support we’ve received from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Motor Citizens volunteer program that enables FCA US employees to serve as mentors with DCPS students at Brightwood, and at other DC NHD events.”

The FCA Foundation grant also helps fund student workshops and the DC NHD competition held at the National Archives and Records Administration and assists with costs for students who advance to the National Contest held at the University of Maryland campus each June.

“The experience of creating NHD projects teaches real world skills that will help these youngsters succeed in life,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President – External Affairs, FCANorth America and President of the FCA Foundation. “By asking students to think critically about important issues, and see the world from alternative viewpoints, they’ll also become better citizens.”


NHD is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers yearlong academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, Weider History Group, Inc., and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information about NHD, visit


Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more than $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities. The FCA Foundation invests in programs that generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts in the following areas: Education – programs that inspire young minds, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); Military – programs that support financial and basic needs of military service members, veterans and their families; Multicultural/Diversity – programs that promote inclusion and opportunity for diverse populations; and Youth Development – programs that help young people develop the skills and leadership qualities to succeed in school, at work, and in life. Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US salaried employees to use 18 hours of paid time each year to be an Engine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.


FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU" and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Lynne O'Hara
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