Morehouse College earns National Academic Champion title
March 28, 2004
ORLANDO, FLA. — After three days of competition among the best and the brightest academic all-stars from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), a team of students from Morehouse College in Atlanta earned the National Academic Champion title at the 15th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in Orlando, Fla.
Winning the best two out of three games against the University of Maryland–Eastern Shore, Morehouse College showcased its intellectual skills by quickly and accurately answering 10-point “toss-up” questions and 20- to 30-point bonus questions about world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture, and African-American history and culture. Morehouse College advanced to the finals after successfully prevailing in competitions against 63 top teams from United States HBCUs.
As the HCASC National Champion, Morehouse takes home a $50,000 grant, while runner-up University of Maryland Eastern Shore wins a $25,000 grant. Remaining teams earn grants ranging from $3,000 to $15,000. Through the program, more than $300,000 in institutional grants is awarded annually to participating schools.
Celebrating its 15th year of competition, this one-of-a-kind academic program brings together countless educators, HBCU alumni, Honda associates, HCASC program alumni, and members of the educational community who volunteer as game officials, team liaisons and event handlers.
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in 1989. Since its inception, approximately 50,000 HBCU students have taken part in this prestigious program and nearly $3.5 million in grants have been awarded to the schools. The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and ACUI are educational partners in the program
ACUI has served college union and student activities professionals since 1914. Its members work at private and public, large and small, technical and liberal arts institutions throughout the world, many of which do not have a college union building. ACUI provides volunteer support for HCASC and coordinates the “student union/Honda EXPO” which serves as the gathering place and programming space for participants when competition has ended for the day