Tougaloo, Miss., November 18, 2020 - Tougaloo College has been named among four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi to be awarded grant funding from Mississippi Power, in partnership with the Southern Company Charitable Foundation. 


Mississippi Power announced that $825,000 will be distributed to Tougaloo College, Rust College, Mississippi Valley State University, and Jackson State University. Of the funds, Tougaloo College will receive $280,000 to provide students with scholarships, internships, leadership development and access to technology and innovation to support career readiness. 


“We are sincerely grateful for Mississippi Power’s generous gift, which helps strengthen academic excellence at Tougaloo.  This donation will provide scholarships enabling students to focus on why they are here—to obtain a transformative Tougaloo education and internships, leadership development, and technology needed to prepare them to build careers and lives of meaning and make significant contribution to the world.  Mississippi Power’s philanthropic support helps us to fulfill this vision and commitment to our students,” said Carmen J. Walters, Ph.D., president of Tougaloo College.


The technology grants are part of a $50 million initiative, announced January 2020, to support students attending HBCUs across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Additionally, the grants will also help address challenges created by the pandemic by funding technology tools, infrastructure support, professional development and IT services.