A group of Howard University students received a $10,000 award on March 4 as part of the Ford Historically Black College and University Community Challenge Competition, which was designed to encourage students from HBCUs to conceive strategies that address sustainability challenges in African-American and Hispanic communities.

“The Howard University students have demonstrated real commitment to improve the overall sustainability of their community through environmental, economic and social solutions,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development for Ford Motor Company Fund. “This is the type of student leadership that will propel our nation toward continued economic growth and success. We are excited to present Howard University with this award.”

During the competition, the Howard University students presented a film concept to educate the community on how trash, pollution and lack of clean air and water are factors that acutely impact urban youth in neglected areas. Their project focused on youth who live and attend school along the Anacostia River.

The Howard University students placed third in the competition. Other teams included Huston-Tillotson University, Fayetteville State University and Tuskegee University.

The new competition was conducted in partnership with the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. It is an extension of the Ford College Community Challenge.