NEWS FROM CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cheyney University Receives $25,000 from UPS
CHEYNEY, PA, -October 11, 2013 – The United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation recently gave Cheyney University a $25,000 donation to support its Call Me Mister and the Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) programs. These signature programs at Cheyney University provide academic, financial and professional resources to prepare high achieving students for successful careers.
KHA serves a diverse body of students of low socioeconomic status. As a far-reaching program, it seeks to foster intellectually enriching experiences for the entire campus community. Through extensive programmatic offerings, learning activities, innovative approaches to pedagogy, scholarships, special programs, and events, the Academy is a source of inspiration to all students on campus to discover new intellectual interests and to foster lifelong learning. The honors academy’s persistence rate is 82% and the program graduates students at a rate that is twice that of the national average for African Americans. There are more than 500 alumni of the Keystone Honors Academy, and they are employed in the public and private sectors, spanning the fields of medicine and health, business, law, education, and public administration.
The Call Me Mister program was established to significantly increase the number of African American males in the teaching profession. Through this program, University students receive guidance throughout their tenure at Cheyney University including teacher certification preparation and assistance with their placement into a Philadelphia region school system. The highly competitive program targets the top percentage of minority students from under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.
This latest UPS donation fulfills the second part of a $50,000 commitment to the University. An initial gift was issued in Fall 2012 resulting in the naming of the UPS Conference Room in the New Residence Hall. It is used to host corporate and alumni meetings as well as provide additional space for students, faculty and staff on campus. Ken Sternad, President of the UPS Foundation says, “The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support Cheyney University’s completion of its beautiful new residence hall by providing critical scholarship support to students.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identified 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 2012, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Cheyney University and provide support for building stronger communities.
A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy, the Call Me Mister teaching program, the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. Recognized as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University has been educating students for more than 176 years. The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia, PA – Center City. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.cheyney.edu.