After winning regional academic competitions, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is one of 48 schools to vie for the championship at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) April 13-17.

The event is America’s premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), according to a news release.

The HCASC National Championship Tournament will be held at the American Honda campus at Torrance, Calif. UAPB has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

The 2019 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge finals will be live-streamed at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Cedric L. Jackson will coach the UAPB team which includes Malcolm A. Jackson II, a freshman majoring in animal science from Little Rock; Paul Bailey, a junior majoring in industrial technology, management and applied engineering from Forrest City; Horace Jones, a junior majoring in industrial technology, management and applied engineering from Pine Bluff; and Khadijah Jones, a senior majoring in biology/pre-med from Pine Bluff.

“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge connects the nation’s best and brightest HBCU students who expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors,” according to the release. “The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.”

In addition to the challenge, the year-round program provides community service activities, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship.

“For 30 years, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has provided a platform for the nation’s top HBCU students to advance their dreams,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of corporate relations and social responsibility at American Honda. “Honda congratulates the ‘Great 48’ for their incredible work ethic, teamwork and competitive spirit. We look forward to an exciting National Championship Tournament and crowning the 2019 HCASC National Champion in April.”

To view the live stream April 16 and for details, visit