North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has announced a $5.5 million gift from Corning, Inc. in support of student scholarships, efforts to assist students in becoming classroom teachers, and initiatives designed to boost the number of graduates in fields critical to the nation's economic future.
The gift includes $3.3 million in support of the Corning Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields from school districts where the company has operations and who plan to return to teach in those districts after graduation; $1.7 million in support of experiential learning opportunities aimed at building career preparedness and pre-college initiatives, including internships, career treks, site visits, and mentorship opportunities; and $500,000 in support of the university's Equity in Education Initiative (E²I), which will work to increase the number of Black college graduates pursuing careers in business, engineering, and other professional disciplines. To that end, the Leadership Cohort Initiative in the College of Engineering and the Black Male Initiative in the Deese College of Business and Economics will each receive $250,000.
"We have a longstanding relationship with North Carolina A&T State University and a growing workforce in North Carolina. Some of our most successful leaders are alumni," said Michael A. Bell, senior vice president and general manager of Corning's Optical Communications business, which is headquartered in Charlotte. "We believe education is the most transformative force in our communities. This new Corning Scholar program will help A&T continue to attract the best students and help fuel Corning with the diverse talent needed for another hundred and seventy years of life-changing innovation."