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Ford targets HBCU students in contest
Community challenge offers scholarships, grants
 
Published Thursday, October 31, 2013
by Michelle Matthews-Alexander

Ford Motor Co. is inviting students attending historically black colleges to enter the Ford Community Challenge.

The competition, developed in partnership with Ford and the Ford Motor Company Fund will award up to $75,000 in scholarships, university and community grants to the first-place student team and its project.

The Community Challenge is an extension of one of the Ford Fund’s educational programs, The Ford College Community Challenge. The new program, conducted in partnership with the Tom Joyner and Rickey Smiley morning shows, encourages black college students to design projects that address pressing local needs. The program’s theme is “Building Sustainable Communities.”

Students are encouraged to creatively address a tangible, unmet community need that touches at least one of four areas: mobility, alternative energy, sustainability/water and systematic approaches to meeting community needs. Scholarships will be awarded to the student team, and community grants will be awarded to nonprofits to support implementation of winning projects.

The four teams with the best ideas will be flown to Ford's world headquarters in December to present their ideas for final judging.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue in our efforts to support students attending HBCUs with the launch of this program,” said Shawn Thompson, manager at Ford Multicultural Marketing. “This program will allow students to make a difference in their education, schools and ultimately their communities.”

Interested students can learn more about and enter the competition by visiting www.blackamericaweb.com/hbcuchallenge  or www.rickeysmileymorningshow.com/hbcuchallenge through Nov. 10.

“Ford Fund is committed to empowering future leaders through community programs,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development at Ford Motor Company Fund.  “We are truly excited to partner with the Tom Joyner and Ricky Smiley morning shows to bring this new and innovative initiative to the HBCU community. We are eagerly looking forward to receiving and reviewing the ideas this fall. ”

 

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