Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company,
is awarding $250,000 in Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3)
grants for student-led projects
The U.S. program is in its eighth year of supporting sustainable
efforts to address urgent community needs focused on “Building
Ford C3 continues to grow in the U.S., expanding to include Tribal
Colleges, and also is extending its reach globally to include Brazil,
China, and several African nations
DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Twelve years ago Brian Fountaine was a tank commander on patrol in Iraq
when two bombs exploded under his Humvee, taking both of his legs and
nearly killing him. Today, Brian is a design student at Northeastern
University using 3D printing technology to develop high-quality,
less-expensive prosthetic limbs for veterans and other amputees.
The work of Brian and his team is one of 10 student-led sustainability
projects awarded a 2015 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grant
from Ford Motor Company Fund. Ford C3 recognizes colleges and
universities for utilizing school resources and student participation to
address an urgent community need under the theme: Building Sustainable
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
mobility are among the proposals submitted by these creative teams of
students. Each of the winning projects will receive a $25,000 grant to
support their project.
“Innovation and sustainability are two essential elements that will help
strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for the people
who call them home,” said Mike Schmidt, director of Education and
Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Education is how we
open the door to a better world and inspire a new generation of
engineers and entrepreneurs to lead us into a successful future.”
The Ford C3 grants are part of more than $1.7 million in new and ongoing
global educational investments by Ford Fund, which contributes more than
$8 million annually in scholarships, grants and other initiatives. Ford
Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.
Ford Fund this year also worked with the American Indian College Fund to
run a C3 program with Tribal Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for
the first time, while also continuing the Ford Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Community Challenge. Ford C3 last year
launched in Brazil and China, and expanded this year to include Ghana,
Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.
Campus Compact, a national higher education association dedicated to
campus-based civic engagement, again partnered with Ford Fund in the
U.S. to inform some 600 schools about this year’s grant program.
2015 Winning U.S.-Based Projects
Rocky Mountain College – Billings, Montana: Broken Glass to Working
Students will combat homelessness by teaching homeless
citizens to recycle and repurpose glass waste, while also learning
marketable job skills and keeping glass waste out of landfills.
Northeastern University – Boston: Designing for Mobility of Veteran
This project utilizes 3D printing technology to
develop prosthetic limbs for veterans and others.
Wayne State University – Detroit: Ford Warrior STEAM Saturday
Detroit K-12 students and their families will
participate in the Warrior STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering,
Arts and Math – Challenge. Participants will use STEAM skills to solve
community-based problems or create a finished product to better the
University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia: Hands and Hooves for a
More Sustainable Community
Building on their 2014 Ford C3
award-winning project, the Chew Crew will complete a mobile
shelter/outdoor classroom and restore two landscapes using goats to
eat invasive plant species.
Morehouse College – Atlanta: Mentoring Youth Entrepreneurship Club
This project will create a maker space,
Innovation Lab to provide students with the tools and resources to
take creative ideas through the engineering and design processes.
Michigan Technological University – Houghton, Michigan: Plastic
Recycling to 3D Printer Filament
Team will work with the
local community to incorporate a wider variety of plastics into
recycled filament, and upgrade machinery to use this recycled product
to produce the filament.
Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan: Rainwater
Catchment for Primary School in Buyuni, Tanzania
a rainwater water collection system is necessary to obtain precious
water. This project focuses on capturing rainwater at a primary school
in Buyuni, Tanzania, filtering the water, and then storing it for use
by the wider community.
University of Wisconsin – Madison: Slow Food South Madison
Partnerships for Sustainability
This proposal seeks to
increase the distribution of affordable, healthy food in an
underserved area, making the existing Growing Power Market Basket
Program more accessible in Madison.
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor: Fostering Environmental and
Community Ownership in Vila Santa Marta, Brazil
to counter the results of trash dumping in public places in Vila Santa
Marta, Brazil by deterring dumping, increasing communication, building
community pride and improving security.
Wayne State University – Detroit: From Volunteering to Career Paths
– Student Leadership in Community Food Systems
will engage students in hands‐on internships with community-based
partners, to enhance skills and expand knowledge and thereby help
further their careers in community food systems.
To view this year’s winning U.S. projects and get more information
please visit: www.fordscholars.org/contests/ford-c3
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community
and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community
life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with
ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is
free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development
and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and
impaired driving. Innovation in education is encouraged through
Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning and other
inspiring programs that enhance high school learning and provide college
scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists
more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local
projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in
more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the
company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
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