Nissan: UNCF and Nissan’s partnership continues to raise vitally needed funds for deserving HBCU students

Offering new scholarships to sophomore and junior students attending Fisk and Tennessee State universities

NASHVILLE — UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and Nissan North America announced a new scholarship program for students from Fisk University and Tennessee State. This award is the latest in Nissan’s long-standing history of supporting diversity and inclusion by providing scholarships to students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

“For more than 15 years, Nissan has been an invaluable supporter of UNCF,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “With their commitment, our students and the HBCUs that support them will continue to have a greater impact on their communities, ensuring a better world for us all.”

The Nissan Scholars Program is available to sophomores and juniors and will provide a total of four $5,000 scholarships for two students attending Fisk University and two students attending Tennessee State majoring in business, computer science or engineering. Additionally, the four students will have the opportunity to engage with Nissan leadership through summer internship opportunities and on-campus informational sessions.

“Nissan is committed to enriching people’s lives, and education is a major driver in helping people achieve their full potential,” says Vicki Smith, senior manager, Corporate Social Responsibility. “By partnering with UNCF, we are supporting Fisk and Tennessee State students as they pursue their college degrees and chart their career plans—in the auto industry or wherever their interests may lead.”

According to a landmark study commissioned by UNCF, Fisk University and Tennessee State are valuable economic engines in their community, collectively generating $507 million in total economic impact, and 4,192 in jobs for the state of Tennessee.

Applications for the Nissan scholarship will be accepted through Nov. 2. Please visit UNCF.org/Nissan for more information or to apply for a scholarship.

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About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.

About Nissan North America, Inc. 
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGYSTAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and infinitinews.com.

Media contact:

Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications
202.854.0007
cmcmillian@uncf.org

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