Nissan donates additional $250,000 to Mississippi historically black colleges and universities STEM programs

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CANTON, Miss. – Nissan has made a $250,000 investment in seven Mississippi historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

With this contribution, Nissan has invested nearly $2 million in local HBCUs since its Canton facility opened in 2003 – with more than half directed toward STEM-specific curriculums. The company recently was recognized by US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine as a 2018 Top Supporter of HBCU Engineering Schools.

The donations were presented to Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College – Utica Campus, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College. Resources provided to each institution will be used to promote a range of STEM-related programs and departments, including applied sciences, engineering, math, and computer and information science.

"Our continued commitment to HBCUs, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is vital to fostering the minds of the next George Washington Carver or Mae Jemison," said Jeffrey Webster, director, Diversity and Inclusion, Nissan North America, Inc. "These institutions have implemented proven practices to assist students in STEM fields, and we are proud to help make their students’ career dreams a reality."

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Kristin Shaw