Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) are donating $200,000 to support the education and well-being of students at 10 colleges and universities in the communities they serve.
Publix collaborated with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to provide $100,000 in scholarships to 50 minority students attending the selected schools.
In addition, Publix donated $50,000 in food and other products, and PSMC donated $50,000 in funding to support food pantries serving students at the schools.
“Paying for tuition is only one challenge faced by many students seeking a higher education,” said PSMC Executive Director Kelly Williams-Puccio.
“Many students also struggle to afford food and other essential items like personal care products. With these donations, we hope to provide some relief for those in need as they work toward a better future for themselves and their families.”
The following colleges and universities are receiving the scholarships and hunger-alleviation donations:
* Benedict College, Columbia, S.C.
* Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
* Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta
* Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Fla.
* Morehouse College, Atlanta
* Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga.
* Spelman College, Atlanta
* Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.
* University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
* Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va.
The Publix Cares scholarship is a one-year, $2,000 scholarship administered in collaboration with UNCF, and presented to five students at each school.
Recipients will have the opportunity to work with a Publix talent acquisition consultant to receive resume and interview tips, discuss career aspirations and learn about employment opportunities at Publix.
Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 240,000 associates, operates 1,315 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.