Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ford Provides $10,000 Grant to Howard University Students in HBCU Competition

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Ford presented a $10,000 implementation grant to Howard University at a special ceremony on March 4.  L-R: Gracie Lawson-Borders, Dean of HU School of Communications, Bryan Williams,
Victoria Donfor, Ahlysha Gopaul, Karl Hanner, Jami Ramberan, Paula Matabane, Faculty Advisor and Elizabeth McAdams, Ford Motor Company Community Relations Manager).

DEARBORN, MI – A multidisciplinary team of Howard University students received a $10,000 award on March 4 as part of the Ford Historically Black College and University Community Challenge Competition, a program designed to encourage students from historically black colleges to create strategies that address sustainability challenges in African-American and Hispanic communities.

“The Howard University students have demonstrated real commitment to improve the overall sustainability of their community through environmental, economic and social solutions,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development for Ford Motor Company Fund. “This is the type of student leadership that will propel our nation toward continued economic growth and success. We are excited to present Howard University with this award.”

During the competition, the Howard University students presented a film concept to educate the community on how trash, pollution and lack of clean air and water are factors that acutely impact urban youth in neglected areas. Their project focuses on youth who live and attend school along the Anacostia River.

The $10,000 Ford grant will allow Howard University buy production equipment for the winning student-led team to produce PSAs on how young people can save their communities by maintaining clean neighborhoods, promoting clean air and water, and sharing the principles of collective participation with their schoolmates, friends and family. The goal of the PSAs is to encourage young people to care for and protect the environment. Howard Students will partner with middle and high schools in the D.C. area to teach students film production while educating them on environment.

The Howard University students placed third in the competition, which included teams from Huston-Tillotson University, Fayetteville State University and Tuskegee University. Students were encouraged to creatively address a tangible, unmet community need that touched at least one of these four areas: Mobility, Alternative Energy, Sustainability/Water and Systematic Approaches to Meeting Community Needs.

The new competition was conducted in partnership with the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, and is an extension of the Ford College Community Challenge.

Source:  Press release/Photo credit: Lafayette Barnes

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