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TICUA Distributes $81,600 in UPS Scholarships to Tennessee Private Colleges


The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) has distributed $81,600 in UPS Scholarships to 34 low-income students at private colleges and universities in the State. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC. Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.45 million in student scholarships this year which will be distributed through state-based private college associations around the country. Since its inception, this Fund has generated nearly $49 million in scholarship aid to support more than 17,000 students.

“We are extremely grateful to UPS for the support they have offered Tennessee’s college students through the years,” said Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr., President of TICUA. “These scholarships will aid in ensuring that students State-wide are able to attend the college that best fits their educational and career needs.”

Colleges in Tennessee which received UPS Scholarships this year from TICUA include Aquinas College, Baptist College of Health Sciences, Bethel University, Belmont University, Bryan College, Carson-Newman College, Christian Brothers University, Cumberland University, Fisk University, Freed-Hardeman University, Johnson University, King College, Lane College, Lee University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Lincoln Memorial University, Lipscomb University, Martin Methodist College, Maryville College, Meharry Medical College, Memphis College of Art, Milligan College, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Rhodes College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Southern Adventist University, Southern College of Optometry, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Tusculum College, Union University, Vanderbilt University, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, and Welch College,

“In 2011, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $93.5 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.6 million hours of volunteer service, to the local communities in which we operate,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “UPS is proud to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s private colleges.”

 “Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 609 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”