North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) has distributed $96,600 in UPS Scholarships to 36 low-income students at independent colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC.
“We are deeply appreciative of the partnership with UPS and the Council of Independent Colleges which has resulted in scholarship assistance to deserving students for the past 41 years,” said NCICU President A. Hope Williams.
“Helping to make college affordable for students from underserved populations is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to know that The UPS Foundation is addressing this important issue head-on,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “The independent colleges and universities in this country have a remarkable track record in educating and graduating low-income and first generation students, so it is natural that The UPS Foundation would want to work through CIC and its member institutions in this special scholarship program.”
“UPS’s long-standing policies and inclusive culture make it one of the most diverse companies in the world. The UPS Foundation is committed to support effective programs—like the UPS Scholarship program through CIC—that provide diverse populations with advancement opportunities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation. “Key partners such as CIC help to advance our mission. The UPS Scholarship program has made a college education possible for more than 19,000 low-income and first generation students and has had a transformative impact on individual lives, on families, and on communities across this country. UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world, including more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2015.
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation that represents North Carolina’s 36 private colleges and universities. The mission of NCICU is to support, represent, and advocate for North Carolina independent higher education. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. It also raises funds for student scholarships and enrichment experiences, provides research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conducts staff development opportunities and coordinates collaborative programs.