May 12, 2022 - News

TSU's funding surge

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Tennessee State University announced an influx of funding this week to support scholarships and added programming.

Why it matters: The funding will expand TSU's footprint in multiple ways that leaders describe as game-changing.

By the numbers: Home improvement retail giant Lowe's is donating $1 million for student scholarships and new programming, including case studies in supply chain management.

  • A $284,000 state grant will create a certificate program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Zoom in: The state-funded program, awarded through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, will launch this fall with the goal of enrolling eight students between 18-26 years old.

  • "We all want to see our students, our children succeed in life and we believe that this program is a tool to provide that," Anita McGaha, TSU's director of disability services, said in a news release.

Flashback: The news follows a high-profile weekend that saw Vice President Kamala Harris come to campus for a commencement address that celebrated the impact of historically Black colleges and universities.

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