Nissan announced on Friday the donation of $250,000 to six local Historically Black Colleges and Universities to promote their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.
Dem. U.S Rep. Bennie Thompson and Nissan executives presented the donation to Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College.
“These six institutions have a rich history of continuously advancing their programs to enhance their student’s educational experience. This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to HBCUs and to diversity, education and service in our community,” said Jeffrey Webster, the automaker’s director of diversity and inclusion.
Nissan highlighted resources provided to each institution will be used to promote a range of STEM related programs and departments including applied sciences, engineering, math, computer and information science and many more.
The OEM went on to mention this donation builds on the success of Nissan Canton’s previous partnerships with HBCUs. As a result of one such partnership, in March 2013 Nissan donated two robots to Alcorn State University’s Advanced Technologies Program, which gave students first-hand experience with the kind of technology used in manufacturing facilities.
“I am very proud of the work our HBCUs are doing to develop the scientists, engineers and innovators of tomorrow,” Thompson said.
“As one of the largest manufacturers in our state, Nissan understands the need to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities,” he continued. “I applaud their demonstrated commitment to our community and look forward to their continued support in the future.”