Ford Fund Supports Sustainability, Student Innovation with $280,000 in College Community Challenge Grants, including a project to benefit DPS’ Sampson-Webber

  • Ford Motor Company Fund is awarding $280,000 in Ford College Community Challenge grants for student-led projects focused on “Building Sustainable Communities”
  •  The U.S. program is in its seventh year with winning projects receiving a grant to support sustainable, student-led work addressing an urgent community need
  • For the first time, Ford is expanding the College Community Challenge internationally, partnering with Enactus to include communities in Brazil and China

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 7, 2014 – This fall, students at the University of Georgia will take a novel approach to clearing invasive vegetation in a distressed part of the Athens campus: goats.

Using grazing goats to clear weeds is one of 16 winning student sustainability projects at 15 colleges and universities in the 2014 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3). Each of the winning projects will receive a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund to support their work. As part of Ford Fund’s increasing international reach, the program for the first time includes schools outside of the United States.

Ford C3 recognizes colleges and universities for utilizing school resources and student
participation to address an urgent community need under the theme: Building Sustainable Communities. Ford C3 winners are required to present proposals for sustainable projects with significant student input, involvement and leadership. Water conservation, renewable energy, urban gardening, recycling and transportation are among the proposals submitted by these creative teams of students.

“Educating the next generation of leaders is at the center of Ford Fund’s commitment to a better world,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Education, innovation and sustainable solutions is a powerful formula for success in our communities, and will help future engineers, managers and entrepreneurs build a solid foundation for the careers of tomorrow.”

The $280,000 in grants are part of $1 million in new scholarships, grants and career outreach programs that Ford’s philanthropic arm is launching this month to further its commitment to education.

Among the 2014 Ford C3 winners:

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI – Project to create a solar and water collection infrastructure, part of an energy farm and outdoor classroom with an instructional garden for the neighborhood and Detroit Public Schools’ Sampson-Webber Academy.

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