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Honda Awards Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships to 5 Students at HBCUs

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Scholarship recipient Xavier Leslie, studying mechanical engineering, is sure to spend some quality time in the historic Carnegie Library on the Alabama A&M University campus
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For the 2018-19 academic year, Honda, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, has awarded scholarships to five students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Honda established the scholarship fund earlier this year to support students pursuing degrees in supply chain management, manufacturing-related fields, and engineering.

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“Honda is pleased to support these impressive students, who we hope will become part of the future of manufacturing in America,” said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Honda North America, Inc. “This is just the beginning of a wonderful collaboration between Honda and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund that will support deserving students and help increase opportunities in the important field of manufacturing.”

Honda began production in Ohio in 1982, and to celebrate the 25 millionth production of a Honda vehicle in the United States, the automaker decided to establish the fund to help students looking to attain degrees that could eventually have them working for the esteemed car brand.

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“Expanding our partnership with Honda made perfect sense because of our shared commitment to helping HBCU students pursue both their academic and professional dreams,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “We are excited to see where the road of opportunity will take these five scholars and so many more, thanks to our Honda-HBCU partnership.”

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The five students receiving TMCF awards via Honda’s support are:

  • Dymon Atkison, sophomore at North Carolina A&T University majoring in engineering.
  • Marvin Edge, junior, first-generation college student at North Carolina A&T State University majoring in business.
  • Michael Caldwell, sophomore at Tennessee State University majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Richard Asante, senior, first-generation college student at University of Maryland Eastern Shore majoring in engineering.
  • Xavier Leslie, sophomore at Alabama A&M University majoring in mechanical engineering.

Honda has been supporting higher education, specifically HBCUs, since 1987. Between the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and the Honda Battle of the Bands, the automaker has awarded more than $12 million in grants and has helped over 170,000 HBCU students.