Columbia, SC -- June 21, 2012 -- Benedict College recently received a $10,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to obtain computer units for students in the new Freshmen Institute for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Benedict College School of STEM has programs in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and a new program in Transportation Engineering and Logistics Studies. The funds are beneficial in assisting to improve the College retention and graduation rates for the School of STEM.
"We believe students can do remarkable things when they have access to the right technology, tools and training that will assist them in learning 21st-century skills that will prepare them to be career-ready," said Dr. David H. Swinton, President and CEO of Benedict College. "This generous gift from UPS foundation will give students an opportunity when it comes to completing their coursework, inspiring their academic experience, and learning concrete job skills. It is our hope that we can motivate the next generation of leaders to see the opportunity to compete for better jobs and advance their economic status by pursuing interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math."
"The funds from UPS Foundation will assist in lowering the ratio for the number of students with computers versus the number of students at Benedict College," said Mrs. Barbara Moore, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "The purchase of the new computers represents a remarkable step forward to enhance the ability of our students to compete in the global economy".
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Benedict College, and provide support for building stronger communities.
"The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Benedict College efforts to provide technology support for freshmen students in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."