Lowe’s has donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund’s 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to award emergency student aid to financially needy graduating seniors. The emergency aid will help students with unanticipated circumstances such as the loss of a parent’s job.
More than 200 seniors received aid during the 2016-17 academic year, allowing them to stay in school and on track to graduate.
“College is quite expensive, but it is an investment that is certainly worthwhile,” said Quentin Perkins, a senior majoring in computer science at Florida Memorial University. “My parents are not able to pay for tuition out of pocket, so receiving this scholarship will enable me to continue to make progress toward my degree and to prepare for a career as an information technologist.”
Since 2009, Lowe’s has partnered with UNCF’s emergency student aid program to provide $4.2 million in just-in-time aid. Thanks to Lowe’s long-term commitment to increasing post-secondary success for students at UNCF member schools, more than 1,700 students have been able to graduate on time. A UNCF partner since 1985, Lowe’s has donated more than $4.5 million to UNCF over the past three decades.