Clothing company, HanesBrands, is committing $2 million to three historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design – for student financial aid, internships, mentorship programs and funding for research.
The money will be allocated to students in those schools who are currently majoring in information technology, data analytics, supply chain management, finance, marketing, fashion design and merchandising. Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, the founder of Pensole Lewis College, expressed gratitude on behalf of the school for being selected, and what it means for the future of the fashion and design industry.
“Our industry does not need more talent, it needs the best talent, and we are committed to provide our students the highest level of support to ensure they leave us with the tools they need in life and the industry. This partnership is beyond the funds. The greater value is in all the elements this partnership is about. We are humbled that HanesBrands believed in us to make the industry better,” Edwards said.
The Detroit based college, set to open this year, will also be aided through the donation of materials such as fabrics and equipment. According to Edwards, the partnership will last over four years.
The partnership aligns with HanesBrands’ commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, and their goal to positively impact at least 10 million people by the year 2030.
“Our partnerships with these HBCUs are part of HanesBrands’ legacy of investing in our communities. The scholarships and internships that are part of this program will ensure that students have opportunities to acquire the education and experience necessary to succeed and will help build a diverse and inclusive workforce,” HanesBrands CEO Steve Bratspies said in a press release.
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