The Vulcan Materials Foundation is offering a grant initiative to support select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in certain parts of the southeastern US.
The $500,000 foundation grant will provide participating HBCUs that are part of the Vulcan’s nationwide footprint with:
- Scholarships and internships for students who win "pitch competitions," to be judged by university leadership and members of Vulcan Materials' Diversity & Inclusion Council;
- Opportunities for eligible students, nominated by their colleges, to design and recommend ways to make improvements in the areas of innovation and infrastructure that businesses, higher education and government can support;
- Internships with Vulcan that may lead to full-time employment upon graduation;
- Enhanced facility spaces that turn traditional college work spaces into tech-friendly study halls.
Tom Hill, Vulcan’s chairman and CEO, says: "Historically black colleges and universities have been leadership laboratories in America for more than 150 years and their value as part of the fabric of American life has never been more important.
“Our Company is committed to creating new opportunities for rising young leaders, further building on our long-term diversity and inclusion and workforce development initiatives,” he continues. “This is vitally important to us, as is our commitment to superior safety and environmental performance and to supplying essential infrastructure materials used throughout the US economy."