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Publix Donates $200K To Support Students Across Southeast

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Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) made $200,000 in donations to support the education and well-being of students at 10 colleges and universities in communities it serves.

Publix collaborated with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to provide $100,000 in Publix Cares scholarships to 50 minority students attending select schools. In addition, Publix donated $50,000 in food and other products, and PSMC donated $50,000 in funding to support food pantries serving students at the schools.

“We’re excited to offer the Publix Cares scholarship for a third year. Publix values diversity and opportunity, and we’re pleased to continue our relationship with UNCF to provide resources to help students obtain the education and tools they need to build strong careers,” said Marcy Benton, VP of human resources.

“It’s our hope that our investment in these recipients and their schools’ food pantries will make a difference in students’ lives.”

Publix Charities Executive Director Kelly Williams-Puccio said, “Finding a way to pay for food is one of the many challenges that some students seeking a higher education have to face. We hope these donations give students peace of mind so they can focus more of their energy on their educational goals.”

Scholarship and donation recipients

The colleges and universities that received scholarships and hunger-alleviation donations are:

  • Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina;
  • Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida;
  • Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta;
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida;
  • Morehouse College in Atlanta;
  • Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia;
  • Spelman College in Atlanta;
  • Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee;
  • University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and
  • Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.

About the scholarship

The Publix Cares scholarship is a one-year, $2,000 scholarship administered in collaboration with UNCF and presented to five students at each of the 10 schools. Recipients will have the opportunity to work with a Publix talent acquisition consultant to receive resume and interview tips, discuss career aspirations and learn about employment opportunities at Publix.

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