Walmart and Albany State University Announce Groundbreaking Partnership

ASU administrators & Walmart executives

ASU administrators & Walmart executives

[Dallas, TX. – August 14th, 2014]

Executives from the world’s largest retailer and private employer are heading to Albany State University to launch a new partnership that includes need-based scholarships for students.

Representatives from Walmart headquarters in Arkansas and several regional distribution centers will make a major announcement about their intent to team with Albany State University in the development of a more diverse and skilled workforce. “Walmart is a major contributor to historically black colleges and universities. We want to send a message that Walmart is committed to helping Albany State students succeed by opening opportunities to career advancement through education,” said Division of Human Resources Manager of Health and Wellness Logistics at Walmart, Charles E. Moore.

The partnership includes not only scholarships, but in-kind contributions, potential internships and job readiness workshops facilitated by Walmart managers who are logisticians, attorneys and transportation managers. The seminars are aimed at helping students market their experience and skills.

The 2014- 2015 school year begins on Aug. 18. “The timing of the announcement coincides with the start of an exciting new school year. Walmart’s contribution and groundbreaking partnership jump starts what will be a long term collaborative relationship,” said Albany State University Interim president Dr. Art Dunning.

Student interested in applying for a Walmart scholarship must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled full time and earn at least a 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Albany State University, located in Albany, Ga., is a four-year institution in the University System of Georgia that fosters the growth and development of students in Southwest Georgia and the state through teaching, learning, research, creative expression and public service. The institution is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters and education specialist degrees.

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Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.