Ford Awards $100,000 in 2015 HBCU Community Challenge
Ford has announced that Clark Atlanta University has earned the top prize in its 2015 Ford Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge. For the implementation of a lawn irrigation system that tracks weather and soil moisture to deploy water only when necessary, Clark Atlanta students Bradley Gilbeaux and Damon Willis earn $75,000 in scholarships, grants, and implementation funds.
Second place goes to North Carolina A&T State University for a creative workspace development plan that would bolster innovation and entrepreneurship among Greensboro teenagers. Third place is Alabama A&M University’s plan for a community garden and a vehicle distribution system for needy residents. Second- and third-place prizes were $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.
Each of the three final teams receive not only implementation funds, but also iPads for each student member of the group behind the project’s creation. All told, Ford handed out $100,000 in scholarships and grants.
This year’s finalists were determined by a panel consisting of radio celebrity Tom Joyner and PBS Finding Your Roots host Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.