Mississippi Power, along with its parent company ‘the Southern Company,’ has announced the awarding of $825,000 in technology grants to four of Mississippi’s historically black colleges and universities.
A news release explained that these grants will assist Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College in providing students with scholarships, internships, leadership development and access to technology and innovation to support career readiness.
“Investing in Mississippi’s HBCU students is an investment in the future workforce of our state,” Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson said. “We believe engaging these graduates will help ensure a thriving economy for Mississippi for years to come.”
These grants are part of a $50 million investment from the Southern Company’s HBCU initiative announced back in January.
“Ensuring students have the resources and support to learn, excel and graduate is a critical role of all higher learning institutions,” said Moses Feagin, Mississippi Power’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Diversity Officer. “Mississippi’s HBCUs produce leaders and innovators. We want to support the mission of these schools and connect with the talent pipeline they’ve created.”
A total of 21 HBCUs across the company’s footprint—Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia—will benefit from the fundings.