Nissan donates $250,000 to Mississippi HBCUs - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Nissan donates $250,000 to Mississippi HBCUs

Nissan has donated more than $1 million to area HBCUs. (Photo source: Nissan News) Nissan has donated more than $1 million to area HBCUs. (Photo source: Nissan News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been around for decades. In fact, the earliest dates back to 1837.

Often formed by religious organizations, HBCUs were initially created to provide primary and secondary education to African Americans. However, the second Morrill Land-Grant Act in 1890 required states receiving federal funding to either integrate, or establish schools specifically for the students.

That expansion of the bill - originally passed in 1862 - led to the emergence of additional institutions across the United States. Though segregation has since been outlawed, HBCUs continue to thrive.

On April 19, Nissan pledged their commitment to the higher learning institutions with a $250,000 donation to seven HBCUs in Mississippi. The donations, which will go toward promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, are part of the more than $1 million investment the automotive company has made to HBCUs in the state.

Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College - Utica Campus, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, and Tougaloo College were the 2017 recipients of the donation. 

On the Coast, the Upsilon Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is also contributing to the legacy of HBCUs. The organization is awarding a $500 scholarship to any high school student who will a HBCU in the fall of 2017. Applications may be obtained by emailing uco1908@gmail.com, and the deadline to apply is May 8.

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Gulfport police looking for runaway teen

    Gulfport police looking for runaway teen

    Thursday, May 25 2017 1:53 PM EDT2017-05-25 17:53:09 GMT
    Caitlyn Nicole Coursey (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)Caitlyn Nicole Coursey (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)

    Gulfport police need your help finding a runaway teen. Sgt. Joshua Bromen said 16-year-old Caitlyn Nicole Coursey was last seen leaving her home around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    More >>

    Gulfport police need your help finding a runaway teen. Sgt. Joshua Bromen said 16-year-old Caitlyn Nicole Coursey was last seen leaving her home around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    More >>
  • NOAA forecasters say above-normal hurricane season is likely

    NOAA forecasters say above-normal hurricane season is likely

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:56 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:56:36 GMT
    (Photo source: NOAA)(Photo source: NOAA)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters said there is a good chance the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will see above-normal storm activity.

    More >>

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters said there is a good chance the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will see above-normal storm activity.

    More >>
  • Business owners looking forward to Memorial Day holiday weekend

    Business owners looking forward to Memorial Day holiday weekend

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:36 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:36:46 GMT
    Expectations are running high for the first big summer tourism weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (Photo source: WLOX)Expectations are running high for the first big summer tourism weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Expectations are running high for the first big summer tourism weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The three-day Memorial Day holiday kicks off Friday afternoon.

    More >>

    Expectations are running high for the first big summer tourism weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The three-day Memorial Day holiday kicks off Friday afternoon.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly