Southwestern Bell Foundation presents $125,000 grant to ACU for scholarships, high-tech improvements

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2001

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Tom Craig, 915-674-2586

Students at Abilene Christian University will have access to scholarships and a high-tech classroom thanks to a $125,000 grant from the Southwestern Bell Foundation. Southwestern Bell today presented a check to officials from ACU.

The grant will be used to fund the student Advantage Awards, a scholarship program for Abilene-area students from low-income families who are first-generation college students. Awards are designated by ACU's Student Financial Services. Funds also will help create a "smart classroom" in ACU's College of Business Administration building. The smart classroom will feature computers connected with projection equipment and a large screen that will bring the Internet or other computer programs into full view of all students in the room.

"The Southwestern Bell Foundation is very generous to provide this grant to benefit the students here in Abilene," said Dr. John Tyson, ACU vice president for development. "Their support of our community demonstrates the commitment they have to the future success of the Abilene region."

ACU president Dr. Royce Money added, "With Southwestern Bell's assistance, we will be able to continue to integrate innovative technology solutions for business in the curriculum of our College of Business Administration. Our vision through our College of Business Administration is to develop students of outstanding character who are uniquely qualified to provide leadership and service in today's global, technological marketplace. We want them to change the world."

"Our support will prepare ACU graduates for service and leadership in the global and technological marketplace," said Randy Teakell, area manager of external affairs for Southwestern Bell. "As a telecommunications industry leader, Southwestern Bell recognizes that today's students need the skills and knowledge to work in a world where advanced technologies are the norm. Southwestern Bell is proud to support this exciting initiative."

"When corporations like Southwestern Bell partner with schools like ACU, the results are far-reaching. Doors are opened for students, allowing them access to the tools that will help shape their future," Money said.

ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education, attracting nearly 4,800 students from all 50 states and more than 60 nations. ACU offers exceptional academic quality and is one of "American's 100 Best College Buys." The school's long-standing mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

The Southwestern Bell Foundation is a member of the SBC Foundation, the charitable giving arm of SBC Communications Inc. and its family of companies. In 2000, SBC, through Foundation and corporate giving, donated more than $95 million to support efforts that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide. The Foundation places primary emphasis on supporting programs that help increase access to information technologies; broaden training and professional skills development; and effectively integrate new technologies to enhance education and economic development - especially for underserved populations. SBC has been named among America's Most Generous Companies for two consecutive years by "Worth" magazine (2000 & 2001).


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