Sodexo Introduces $10M Scholarship For Students Attending HBCUs
Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company, announced a $10 million scholarship initiative for its U.S. frontline employees and their dependents. The program — administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) - is for students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) that are partners with Sodexo or UNCF.
Eligible frontline employees and their dependents can apply for scholarships and receive up to $12,000 for tuition, books and other educational expenses. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and merit and dispersed directly to each student’s college or university this fall. UNCF will oversee the program and administer the scholarship funding. The program runs through 2030.
“Sodexo’s commitment to our HBCUs and the students they serve is outstanding, and we thank them for this new gift,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF, via Sodexo. “Diversity across all sectors of the U.S. economy is important, and our member institutions, along with all other HBCUs, add a significant boost to the annual American economic landscape — delivering a $14.8 billion impact each year. Ensuring that more students of color can attend our HBCUs and earn their degrees — while at the same time helping them bring vital economic impact for their communities, regions and states — brings a win-win for everyone involved. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Sodexo, and hope others like them will join us as well.”
Participating HBCU partner organizations for the 2021-2022 academic year include:
Alcorn State University
Bethune Cookman University
Central State University
Clark Atlanta University
Edward Waters College
Fort Valley State University
Gadsden State Community College
Grambling State University
Jackson State University
Kentucky State University
Morgan State University
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
North Carolina Central University
Prairie View A&M University
South Carolina State University
Texas Southern University
Xavier University of Louisiana
For more information on the program, go to https://scholarships.uncf.org/.