Jarvis Christian College advances to national HBCU academic competition qualifier

Honda executives congratulate Spelman College for winning the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), the school's first-ever HCASC championship.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) is America’s premier academic competition for HBCUs. The HCASC year-round HBCU program centers on academic excellence, community service, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship. It includes campus engagement, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship.

The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.

Jarvis Christian College is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the HCASC National Championship Tournament taking place on the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif., March 28 – April 1, 2020.

View highlights from last year’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:

Since 1989, HCASC, one of Honda’s longest-running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has celebrated and recognized the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the HBCU student experience.

In 2019, Spelman College took home the championship title and a $75,000 institutional grant.

Other HBCUs competing with Jarvis Christian College at the qualifying tournament being held at Prairie View A&M University are: Alcorn State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Langston University, Mississippi Valley State University, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University at Baton Rouge, Texas College and Wiley College.

Information regarding the qualifying tournament follows:

When: Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX), Memorial Student Center

More information: For the full list of competing HBCUs, visit: https://www.hcasc.com/nqt/teams.asp. For more information on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, visit: www.hcasc.com.

How to attend: If you are interested in attending the HCASC National Qualifying Tournament, please contact Herbert Thomas at hrthomas@pvamu.edu, (936) 261-3573 or (936) 261-3570.

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Facts and Figures:

  • More than 150,000 scholars have participated in HCASC since 1989. Building a legacy of greatness, HCASC alumni have gone on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.
  • Across 21 states, there are 87 HCASC-eligible HBCUs in the U.S.
  • To prepare for the competition, students spend hundreds of hours studying science, history, art, current events, math, African American history, geography, literature, sports, and pop culture.
  • Since HCASC was established, Honda has awarded more than $9 million in grants to participating HBCUs, which have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.
  • More than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives participated in and attended the 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles.
  • 125 volunteers, including Honda associates, helped produce the 2019 National Championship Tournament, hosting the students, conducting registration and serving as game officials.