Atlanta (Feb. 24, 2015) – Completing a hard-fought journey that began in the fall, the team representing Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held March 21-25 in Torrance, California. Now in its 26th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
With 76 HBCUs vying for a spot in the Nationals, teams competed in seven qualifying tournaments held in late January. Forty-eight emerged from the group, including Clark Atlanta, earning the opportunity to compete for the title of “National Champion” and a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown said, “We are grateful for the ongoing support from Honda and for our team’s participation since the inception of this competition. Honda’s focus on highlighting and rewarding academic achievement is completely in line with our mission to produce some of the most talented high achievers who can compete with peers across the nation.”
Marcus Dewayne Jones, Epiphany Storey, Ayanna Nicole Smith and Bryson J. Hudgins-Owens will represent CAU. Gwendolyn D. Morgan, assistant professor of English at CAU, is the team coach and has been for 25 years.
The 2015 National Championship Tournament will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23, starting at 12:00 ET on HCASC.com and other websites.
For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com. Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC), using #HCASC.
About Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University is a private, coeducational four-year university located in the historic heart of Atlanta. It is among the largest of the nation’s 37-member UNCF institutions and the only private historically black college or university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/ Research University. CAU’s 3,400 students are engaged in some 38 areas of study in our four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work. National business and consumer publications rank Clark Atlanta among the nation’s top HBCUs, as well as among the best universities in the southeastern United States. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clark Atlanta University. For more information, call 404-880-8337 or visit www.cau.edu.
About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of up to $328,000 each year. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Clark Atlanta University alumnus and ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain in 2001.
For more information, contact:
Thomas Cunningham, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: (800) 388-2272 x105 / email@example.com
Matt Sloustcher, Honda North America, (310) 357-5711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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