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“Great 48” HBCUs Gearing Up for 28th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

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Students from Claflin University and Norfolk State University compete in the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), the nation's only academic competition among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Teams from 48 HBCUs will compete for top honors and a share of more than ,000 in institutional grants from Honda in the 28th Annual HCASC National Championship Finals, April 8-10, 2017. Tune into on April 10 at 12 p.m. EDT for all of the academic action.

For the 28th consecutive year, Honda is sponsoring a national quiz-bowl championship featuring students from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The “Great 48” distinguished themselves after months of preparation and competitions among 89 HBCUs, and will get a chance to vie for the National Championship of the 28th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, to be held April 8-10, 2017. The Finals will take place on April 10th at Honda’s Torrance, California campus, and will be streamed live on

Honda has provided over $8 million in grants through its Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. This year, the winning HBCU team will earn a $75,000 institutional grant, with $30,000 going to the runner up, and $20,000 each going to third and fourth place finishers.

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“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is more than a competition of academic excellence; it has fostered a close-knit community that supports the students even after they enter professional life,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda Motor Company. “The ‘Great 48’ teams represent some of the best and brightest HBCU talent, and Honda looks forward to an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament.”

A full list of the ‘Great 48’ teams can also be found at After the competition ends, all participants will join the more than 125,000 HCASC alumni who have tested their wits, the best of whom have been inducted to the HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame.

“HCASC helped me meet ‘friends for life’ who now form the core of my social and professional networks,” said HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame honoree Myles B. Caggins, who has gone on to serves as US Army Lt Colonel and Defense Department Spokesman for Military Personnel Policy. “Two decades after my last ‘hands on the buzzer’ experience as an HCASC player at Hampton University, I stay engaged with HCASC because my fellow volunteers are the heart of a positive experience for our exceptional students.”

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