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DEARBORN - Ford Motor Company Fund presented a team of Howard University students with a check for $10,000 as part of the Ford Historically Black College and University Community Challenge Competition. The program was designed to encourage students 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, Community Development , 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. The project focuses on youth who live and attend school along the Anacostia River.
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.