FAMU Selects Recipients of Southern Glazer’s Against Social Injustice and Racial Inequality Scholars

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Southern Glazer’s Against Social Injustice and Racial Inequality Scholars (from left) Jeremiah Baptiste-Sample, Pierre Alsint, Clayton Simmons, and Freddie Brinson III.

Four Florida A&M University (FAMU) students have been named as the first recipients of the Southern Glazer’s Against Social Injustice and Racial Inequality Endowed Scholarships.

The Southern Glazer’s Against Social Injustice and Racial Inequality Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 as part of Southern Glazer’s commitment to supporting racial equality and will grant four scholarships a year for five years to deserving candidates that have an unmet financial need. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol.

“This initiative strengthens our commitment to attracting, retaining and graduating talented students who face financial challenges,” said President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “It also represents a partnership with a key corporate supporter. The benefits of this scholarship program will be seen for generations to come.”

The Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Social Justice Scholars receive $2,500 each for the fall 2020/spring 2021 academic year. The scholars are:

  • Jeremiah Baptiste-Sample of Live Oak- estimated graduation spring 2022 – Business Administration
  • Clayton Simmons of Tallahassee – estimated graduation fall 2021 – Business Administration
  • Freddie Brinson of Tampa – estimated graduation spring 2022 – Business Administration
  • Pierre Alsint of Tampa – estimated graduation spring 2022 – Business Administration

“This Fund is an extension of an already strong partnership with the University that we greatly value,” said Terry Arnold, chief human resources officer for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “The University’s commitment to foster a campus environment that values diversity in thought, perspective and culture aligns with our own commitment to build a wholly inclusive and diverse culture within our company. We truly believe that education creates opportunities and look forward to seeing these funds make a positive impact on students attending the University.”

Clayton Simmons, a junior business administration student from Tallahassee, is thankful for the scholarship and hopes to secure an internship with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

 “It has been a very tough year for African-Americans in terms of social injustice, so this scholarship means a lot to me,” Simmons said.

Shawnta Friday-Stroud, dean of the School of Business and Industry and vice president, University Advancement and executive director, FAMU Foundation, said the University is very appreciative of Southern Glazer’s “bold steps to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk to financially support our students through the Southern Glazer’s Against Social Injustice and Racial Inequality Endowed Scholarship Fund,” she added. “Our Southern Glazer’s Social Justice Scholars are so appreciative of the Southern Glazer’s men and women for whom they already had great respect and admiration.  We cannot thank Southern Glazer’s enough for their continued support of FAMU and our current and future students.”

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