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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.
The 2014 Ford C3 winners are:
For the first time, Ford is expanding the College Community Challenge internationally, partnering with Enactus to include communities in Brazil and China. Enactus is an international organization that connects students, educators and business leaders to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for their communities.
This year’s global Ford C3 winners are:
In 2015, Ford is planning to expand the program to the Middle East and Africa. Over the past seven years, Ford Fund has provided more than $1.7 million to student teams awarded Ford C3 grants.
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.
To view this year’s winning projects and get more information please visit: www.fordscholars.org/contests/ford-c3
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.
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