Walmart contributes to Union technology project

Published on
June 24, 2016

Walmart Walmart has contributed $1,000 to Union College for technology upgrades that will benefit Union’s first-generation students. The donation was made through the Community Grant Program of the Barbourville Walmart and approved by Store Manager Sam Scharbrough.

“I am happy Walmart can partner with Union College on this initiative,” Scharbrough said. “We look for opportunities to serve our community and we appreciate the way Union serves the students of this region.”

Gina Johnson, Union College Grants Specialist, said the funding would be used to expand the college’s academic resource center with new computers and equipment. The upgraded technology will allow students to participate in online classes and webinars that can help them complete assignments. Dr. Jason Reeves, Dean of Union’s Educational Studies Unit, assisted with the project, Johnson said.

“These upgrades will enhance opportunities for our students and help with their long-term success,” Dr. Reeves said.

The grant award is being allocated from the Walmart Community Grant Program. The program allows facility managers to select worthy projects to fund that meet the department store’s mission. The Walmart Foundation focuses on four core support areas: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Opportunity.

The grant awarded to Union will provide opportunity to Union’s entire student body, but will emphasize academic support for first-generation students. Nearly 60 percent of Union’s student body are considered first-generation students.

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