Publix donates $200,000 to support 10 schools

by | Dec 13, 2022

  • Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) are donating $200,000 to support the education and well-being of students at 10 colleges and universities in the communities we serve
  • The Publix Cares scholarship is a one-year, $2,000 scholarship administered in collaboration with UNCF, and it’s presented to five students at each school

Publix announced on Monday that it is donating $200,000 to support the education of students at 10 colleges and universities.

Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) said it collaborated with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to provide $100,000 in scholarships to 50 minority students attending the selected 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 second 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 Publix Vice President of Human Resources Marcy Benton. “It’s our hope that our investment in these recipients and their schools’ food pantries will make a difference in students’ lives.”

A total of three colleges and universities in the Sunshine State received the scholarships. The trio includes Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, and the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

The other seven institutions to receive funds include Benedict College in Columbia, SC; Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA; Morehouse College in Atlanta; Savannah State University in Savannah, GA; Spelman College in Atlanta, GA; Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN; and Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.

“Paying for tuition is only one challenge faced by many students seeking a higher education,” said PSMC Executive Director Kelly Williams-Puccio. “Many students also struggle to afford food and other essential items like personal care products. With these donations, we hope to provide some relief for those in need as they work toward a better future for themselves and their families.”


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