Walmart Inc. and Walmart.org announced initiatives in efforts to increase equality in education.
Walmart will donate $2.4 million to Jackson State University and investing $3 million more in grants to strengthen the educational system.
Over the next three years, Jackson State will receive $2.4 million from the corporation to benefit all students through “academic enrichment, career enrichment and financial support.”
The relationship between JSU and Walmart stems from the school’s football coach Deion Sanders. The corporation has previously helped sponsor a new turf practice field and arranged for on-campus COVID-19 vaccination stations.
As a part of Walmart’s $100 million commitment announced last year to address inequality through education, health and criminal justice systems, the corporation has made a $3 million investment in the Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity.
The investments include a joint center for political and economic studies, a foundation with a focus on agriculture and technology as well as mentorship and pre-internship services for students.