Detroit’s top businessman and philanthropist donates $100,000

Washington, DC, Feb. 15 Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A $100,000 donation will be made Feb. 17 to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to support three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) members of UNCF By William F. Pickard, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Chairman of Global Automotive Alliance (GAA) Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. The presentation will take place on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, a member of UNCF.

Pickard’s donation includes donations to UNCF, Clark University in Atlanta, Saint Augustine University and Philander Smith College.

The donation is made by Pickard in honor of UNCF Board Chairman Milton H. Jones, Jr. for his leadership in helping Black students attend college and college. Pickard said he hopes his donation will encourage other donors, charitable foundations and businesses to join President Jones, and UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax, in supporting the UNCF and HBCUs to help Black students receive the financial resources they need to reach their college of dreams and a brighter future.

“I am pleased to present this gift in honor of my friend, UNCF Board Chairman Milton Jones, for his outstanding leadership and dedication to helping Black students earn college degrees and improve the lives of all of us,” Pickard said. “I salute Dr. Lomax for being a strong advocate for our nation’s historically black colleges and universities and encourage others to join him in supporting the work of UNCF and continuing to believe in the UNCF motto. , “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

“I am deeply grateful to my friend Bill Pickard, business leader and citizen and philanthropist, for his generous gift to UNCF and three of our UNCF member colleges and universities. His continued generosity clearly demonstrates his belief that investing in the education of black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America’s future,” said the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. UNCF, Milton H. Jones.

Clark University in Atlanta will use the grant for the development of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship at the College of Business. St. Augustine University will increase the William F. Pickard School of Business Scholarship to support Bahamian undergraduate students. Philander Smith College is using the donation to support programs for Bahamian students to include recruitment.

Through his donation, Pickard becomes a member of the President’s Society of UNCF, which recognizes donations from individual donors.


About Clark University Atlanta

Clark Atlanta University is a coeducational private four-year university located in the heart of historic Atlanta, Georgia, and is the only university in the historic center of Atlanta University, a consortium of 8,000 primarily African-American scholars. Americans. It is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “Doctoral University – High Research Activity. Students at the University are engaged in 38 areas of study at four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer bachelor’s, master’s, honors and doctoral degrees. Clark University at Atlanta has produced more than 29,000 alumni in a myriad of areas of professional, civic, and social endeavour.

About Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is a small, four-year, privately supported, historically black, liberal arts institution linked to the Council on Higher Learning and ministry of The United Methodist Church. The college offers four degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Social Work. The college’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, committed to changing the world for the better. Philander Smith College, the only UNCF member institution in Arkansas, strives to provide quality education for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, or ethnicity. Philander Smith College, the only UNCF member institution in Arkansas, strives to provide quality education for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, or ethnicity.

About St. Augustine University

Affiliated with the Episcopal Church, St. Augustine University was established by 12 Episcopal priests to teach freedmen. Alumnus Henry Beard Delany, the first elected African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, led as a professor of carpentry and masonry at Saint Augustine University. Students enrolled in carpentry and masonry courses were required to build the college chapel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Delany and his wife, Nanny, were the parents of 10 children, all born at St. Agnes Hospital. Two of their children, Sadie and Bessie, are alumni of Saint Augustine University. The Delany sisters’ best-selling memoir, “Having Our Say,” was turned into a hit Broadway play.

About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports student education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance minority education and college preparation. Institutions at UNCF and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American bachelor’s degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarships, internships and fellowships, mentoring, summer enrichment, and faculty training and development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo represents the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized brand, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”