Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ford's HBCU Business Classic Scholarship Program

Via Black PRWire/Dearborn, Mich., March 3: Ford Announces the Entry Extension of the 2009 HBCU Business Classic $100,000 Scholarship Program

Continuing its long-standing tradition of promoting education and the entrepreneurial spirit, Ford announced today the extension of its 2009 HBCU Business Classic. The annual business plan competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities and offers $100,000 in scholarship prizes. All entrants will get valuable entrepreneurial knowledge, experience and a head start on achieving their business goals.

The new deadline for student submissions is Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

To enter the competition, students, individuals or teams of two to five, along with a faculty advisor, must submit a 10-page business plan via the Ford HBCU Business Classic Website at www.fordhbcu.com. The plans must include several key elements, including type of business; product or service; pricing considerations; target market and competition and general operations.

On April 17, 2009, five finalists will be flown to Atlanta to present their plans to the Ford team and celebrity judges. The team who wins the Grand Prize will receive $35,000 in personal scholarship funds and $15,000 for their HBCU, courtesy of Ford. The first runner-up team will receive $20,000 in scholarship funds and $10,000 for their school; the second-place team will receive $15,000 in scholarship funds and $5,000 for their school.

Ford’s Commitment to Education: For more than 40 years, Ford Motor Company has been a major supporter of the hopes and dreams of HBCU students. In the last six years alone, Ford has donated over $10 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


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