AT&T has awarded Winston-Salem State University $26,000 that will provide scholarships to help students stay on track and graduate.
The donation will support WSSU’s Gap Scholarship Fund, which helps students who need financial assistance to continue their education. The gift will allow WSSU to award need-based scholarships to about 20 students, ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.
“Thanks to investments from corporate partners such as AT&T, WSSU students are succeeding,” said Michelle Cook, vice chancellor of university advancement and executive director of WSSU Foundation. “The ultimate goal of the program is to increase college completion rates for students who are contending with unforeseen personal and financial circumstances that may hinder their ability to complete their education at WSSU.”
In the last three years, WSSU has shown the greatest increase in first-year retention in the 16-member UNC System, from 71 percent to 80 percent.
Nearly 90 percent of WSSU students received need-based financial aid, and 60 percent have no family assistance in paying for their college expenses.
“At AT&T, we understand that the future of our country, and our business, depends on a well-educated, well-prepared workforce, said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. “More than at any time in history, it is critical that we invest in young people to develop a diverse talent pipeline with the skills to help society prosper. We are excited to join with Winston-Salem State University and support students who are committed to completing their education and pursuing their dreams.”
The Gap Scholarship Fund is administered by the Winston-Salem State University Foundation and the Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid officers work in partnership with academic success counselors and faculty advisors to identify students who are in need of these scholarships.
About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be through leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.