For the second time, Ford has joined with the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” and “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” to help launch the 2014 HBCU Community Challenge. This challenge is aimed at students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to encourage them to find ways to contribute to their communities.
This year’s project is centered on the theme of “Building Sustainable Communities.” Students can submit online proposals until November 9. Ford is looking for proposals that “creatively address a pressing community need.” Projects should focus on one of these four areas: mobility, alternative energy, sustainability/water, and systematic approaches to meeting community needs.
Three finalist teams will be invited to the Ford World Headquarters in December to present their projects to Ford executives and radio personality Tom Joyner. Ford will award a total of $100,000 in scholarships and grants to the best projects, with the top student team earning up to $75,000.
“Last year’s program was such a success for us,” said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford Multicultural Marketing, in a statement. “All of the teams came to Dearborn with not only a great deal of creativity, but with an infectious energy around wanting to improve their communities. We look forward to another exciting program.”
If you know any students who would be interested in this project, be sure to send this information their way. It’s great to see Ford reaching out to the next generation to help create a better future for all of us.