Prairie View A&M University Wins 2016 Ford HBCU Community Challenge
Four students from Prairie View A&M University developed an app that enables real-time monitoring of water and energy usage, and that app earned them the top prize in the 2016 Ford Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge. The four students, all chemical engineering majors, will share the grand prize of $75,000 in scholarships, grants, and implementation funds.
The second-place winner of this year’s HBCU Community Challenge was a team from Hampton University in Virginia. The team’s contribution was a program that enables those residing in areas at risk of flooding to monitor sea levels, earning them the second-place price of $15,000.
In third place was a team from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, which put forth a project that sought to raise fish for the purposes of providing food. Members of this team all received an iPad and split the $10,000 third-place prize.
“We received numerous outstanding entries from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Although selecting the three winners was extremely difficult, we’re proud the challenge encouraged all of the students to think about how they can support their communities.”
2016 marks the fourth year of the Ford Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge. Since the launch of the initiative, more than $400,000 in scholarships, grants, and implementation funds have been awarded to students working toward addressing issues of sustainability in their respective communities.