Jacksonville, FL, March 27, 2024The journey to the 35th Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament is underway for the team of scholars from Edward Waters University. HCASC, America’s premier academic competition among HBCUs, annually brings together more than 325 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives for a tournament that uniquely combines educational and personal development experiences beyond the classroom. After advancing in the HCASC National Qualifying Tournament in February, Edward Waters University is one of 32 teams that will compete in April on the corporate campus of American Honda in Torrance, Calif., for the HCASC National Championship title and a portion of the more than $500,000 in institutional grants provided by Honda. Tune in to the livestream April 11th –12th at www.hcasc.com.

This is the 8th year Edward Waters University (EWU) has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Divine F. Ogugua, a Senior majoring in Computer Science & Business Administration from Lagos State, Nigeria, Diana C. Sanchez a Freshman majoring in Psychology from Tampa, FL, Doyle J. McClendon a Freshman majoring in Accountingfrom Jacksonville, FL and Jamaree D. Glass a Freshman majoring in Business from Phoenix, AZ will represent Edward Waters University. Ray A. Fowler, Jr. will coach the team.

“My pride swells for the scholars representing Edward Waters University at the 35th Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament. Their participation exemplifies the caliber of talent we cultivate. I am confident in our students, along with the guidance of Coach Fowler, Jr., to showcase their intellect and skills.” said EWU President and CEO A. Zachary Faison Jr., J.D.. “With their dedication and determination, I believe they have a strong chance to emerge victorious. As they prepare to compete among the best from HBCUs nationwide, they carry with them not just our university’s name, but also our unwavering belief in their capabilities.”

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that celebrates HBCU academic excellence and showcases the best and brightest minds from HBCUs across the country. The 32 teams, comprised of four students from participating schools, will go head-to-head in a battle of scholastic skill, quickly answering questions on a range of topics including history, science, math, pop culture, and more.

“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has provided a national stage for generations of talented HBCU students to display their impressive academic capabilities and the rich culture of HBCUs,” said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion & Diversity at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda is proud of our longstanding commitment to supporting and inspiring the next generation of leaders by providing HBCU students with the tools and experiences they need to live their dreams.”

HCASC challenges students to expand their scope of knowledge, with the opportunity to gain lifelong learning skills, including leadership, collaboration, and sportsmanship. Participating students also can build camaraderie with students from other HBCUs and gain networking and mentorship opportunities with HCASC alumni, volunteers, and Honda associates. Additionally, Honda offers development seminars to help prepare students for success after graduation.

About Edward Waters University

Edward Waters University (EWU), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban institution of higher education, which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWU was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of higher learning. It is the first private and independent institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ew.edu.

Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

For 35 years, Honda has supported the success and dreams of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students through initiatives including the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands. These programs provide unforgettable experiences and opportunities for HBCU students, including meeting and networking with peers from other HBCU schools. Honda has impacted the lives of more than 250,000 students and awarded over $14 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs and facilities improvements.

To advance its leading investment in HBCUs, Honda is a member of the HBCU Partnership Challenge, a Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus initiative that brings together government, industry and HBCUs to create strategic, more sustainable HBCU partnerships. Honda also has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide annual scholarship funding to support HBCU students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.

Learn more at https://www.honda.com/community/diversity-reports.

For more information:
Lillian E. Parker, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: [email protected]
Jaymie Robinson, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.: [email protected]

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