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AT&T Foundation SOS Donation

Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2019

AT&T Foundation Donation for SOS Program

AT&T Foundation Invests in Summer of Success Program at TSU

Seeing the need to help expand the number of students who qualify for admission to Texas Southern University, the AT&T Foundation has invested $100,000 in TSU’s highly-successful Summer of Success (SOS) program. TSU, the second-largest Historically Black College & University (HBCU) in the nation, created SOS four years ago in an effort to bring potential enrollees to the campus for an intensive seven-week summer program of coursework, tutoring and mentorship prior to the fall semester of their freshman year.

With the SOS average success rate of more than 97 percent of the 1,200 plus students who have participated, the AT&T Foundation recognized the value of the program and made the decision to contribute. “SOS is about recognizing the diamonds in the rough, polishing them, and helping prepare them for undergraduate coursework and a degree,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “We are thankful for partners like the AT&T Foundation that share our mission to help students become successful scholars.” AT&T Foundation’s money will go toward several components of the SOS program, including mentoring services, supplies and resources for the program participants, and scholarships for those who successfully complete the program.

“The SOS program has been beneficial to me as a participant and leader within the program; I have seen the impact it has on our new Tigers,” said Ashley Johnson, a junior Political Science major who also serves as TSU’s Student Regent. “It’s beyond rewarding and incredible to allow these students an opportunity to write their own stories,” said Johnson, “The investment AT&T is making into our students’ future dreams is way more than I could ever ask for.”

The AT&T Foundation contribution was provided to TSU through the Texas Southern University Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports the mission of TSU. It does so by securing funds for the University; receiving, investing, distributing and accounting for all funds belonging to the Foundation; giving support both materially and through encouragement to the enhancement of the University; providing recognition of the achievements of students and alumni; and creating and fostering a sense of pride and spirit among the students and the alumni of the University.

“We are so grateful to count the AT&T Foundation as one of our partners to help invest in our students and our community,” said Vice President for University Advancement Melinda Spaulding, “We look forward to being good stewards of the resources they’ve generously donated.”

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Last updated: 11/07/2019