On Wednesday, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) announced that it received a $1-million gift from Chick-fil-A.
The gift was presented by CAU alumna and director of community affairs for corporate social responsibility at Chick-fil-A, Carol Waddy during the university’s 34th annual commencement on May 20.
Accordig to the school, the donation will support the university’s historic $250 million Campaign for Clark Atlanta University, which has a principal goal of generating much needed funds for student access, retention, and graduation support.
The $1 million gift is set to be distributed over the next two years, according to a press release.
“Chick-fil-A’s generous commitment of $1 million is an investment in the bright futures of Clark Atlanta University students and will help ensure that we continue building on our mission of delivering education that is accessible, relevant, and transformative,” Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr. shared in a said.
“With partners like Chick-fil-A, our vision of being a leading institution of higher learning that impacts society through transformative, educational experiences is within reach,” he continued. “At Clark Atlanta, finding a way or making a way is a community endeavor.”
In addition to Chick-fil-A’s gift, CAU received a $2.5 million gift from the William F. Pickard Foundation to establish a scholarship fund and rename Beckwith Hall in honor of Dr. William F. Pickard and Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.