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​​Scholarships and food pantry donations support students at 10 schools in the Southeast​

LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 12, 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. 

Creating opportunities for everyone 
Publix 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.” 

“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.” 

Discover the beneficiaries 
The following colleges and universities are receiving the scholarships and hunger-alleviation donations: 

  • Benedict College, Columbia, S.C. 
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla. 
  • Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta 
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Fla. 
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta  
  • Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga. 
  • Spelman College, Atlanta  
  • Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn. 
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. 
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va. 
About the scholarship 
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. Recipients will have the opportunity to work with a Publix talent acquisition consultant to receive resume and interview tips, discuss career aspirations and learn about employment opportunities at Publix.

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