Ford has partnered with the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community to give students the opportunity to earn $75,000 in scholarships and give back to their communities.
Any students attending an HBCU are invited to enter the Ford Community Challenge Competition. The program’s theme is “Building Sustainable Communities.”
The “Tom Joyner” and “Rickey Smiley Morning Shows” will be along for the ride (no pun intended) as Ford encourages HBCU students to design community projects that address pressing local needs in 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 the winning projects. The four teams with the best ideas will be flown to Ford World Headquarters in December to present their ideas for final judging.
Judging the contest will be Tom Joyner, Mark Douglas (HBCU Graduate), Jim Vella, Robert Brown and Ellen Hughes-Cromwick.