As the needs of students and schools everywhere continue to grow, we believe we can make the biggest and most lasting impact in education through a collaborative approach. Here are some of our scholarship programs and partnerships that support our commitment to building better opportunities today for the leaders of tomorrow:
In 2012, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded 190 scholarships totaling $600,000 through Lowe’s scholarship program. Scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. A $2,500 Lowe’s Scholarship was given to 140 high school seniors with plans to attend accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities in the United States. Fifty students were awarded a $5,000 Carl Buchan Scholarship. The Buchan Scholarship is open to full-time and part-time Lowe’s employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and their dependents. Lowe’s scholarship program has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships since 2007, benefiting nearly 1,500 students.
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has donated more than $3 million since 2009 to help college seniors continue their pursuit of a college degree. For the fourth consecutive year, Lowe’s foundation contributed to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to benefit the Campaign for Emergency Student Aid, which has helped 5,400 UNCF-supported seniors graduate on time. A two-year, $1 million grant is assisting 556 students at all 38 UNCF-member, private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
To support seniors needing financial assistance to complete their college degree at public HBCUs, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation partners with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. A $250,000 grant provided ACCESS scholarships to 47 students. In 2012, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund celebrated its 25th year of partnering with public HBCUs to increase retention and graduation rates and prepare students for leadership and life after graduation.
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation doubled its support of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) in 2012 by providing a $500,000 grant to help seniors who are on track to graduate but unable to pay the total cost of tuition. The grant assisted 190 students at colleges and universities across the country. Also for the fourth consecutive year, Lowe’s foundation supported HSF’s Steps for Success program. Lowe’s $25,000 grant funded a workshop in Orlando, Fla., to promote the importance of staying in school and teach middle and high school students and their parents about college access, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Lowe’s foundation launched a new partnership in 2012 with the American Indian College Fund. The foundation’s $50,000 grant funded 55 scholarships for American Indian students who were in their final year of college and needed financial assistance to complete their degree. The American Indian College Fund, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students, supports 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.