Ford Motor Company will award $15,000 to a team of students from Bethune-Cookman University as part of the 2015 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Community Challenge.
The winning B-CU team included Ebone Sturrup (team leader, criminal justice major), Jasmine Adamson (business administration major), Toyneisha Whitaker (mass communications major) and Jeislor Davis (hospitality management major).
This year’s theme was “Building Sustainable Communities.”
The four innovative students developed a program titled “Getting Back to the Roots,” which enabled middle school students to work after class to grow their own food using hydroponics in an on-site greenhouse. The middle school students are provided information about healthy food choices and given resources to continue their own hydroponic garden upon completion of the program.
“We are extremely proud of our students and the work that they are doing. They are true student leaders and their influence is evident within the university and the community,” said Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of B-CU. “We thank Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund for this extraordinary opportunity.”
Up to $75,000 awarded this year
Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund encourage students enrolled at HBCUs to submit proposals in a competition to earn scholarships while also contributing to their communities.
Up to $75,000 in scholarships and university and community grants will be awarded this year to the winning student teams and projects.
“We developed this award as an extension of an educational initiative that already exists,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the charitable arm of Ford Motor Company.
“The idea was to create a program that would not only allow us to continue in our efforts to give back to the African-American community, but to do so in a way that encourages innovation and educational empowerment while directly supporting students and the communities where they attend college,” added Alexander.
An award presentation was to have taken place on Wednesday, Oct.7, at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.