Fort Valley State University’s new Honor’s Program recently received a financial boost when the nation’s primary bus manufacturer donated $15,000 to support the institution’s scholars.
Blue Bird Corporation is the first corporate underwriter for the program that debuted last year in an effort to provide academically rigorous offerings and an enhanced academic experience for motivated scholars. So far, the program has 25 charter members.
Blue Bird Company representatives Mike McCurdy, vice president of Human Resources and External Affairs, and Jay Jones, a chaplain for the company, presented the check toFVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith on Feb. 19 on the main campus in Fort Valley, Georgia.
“Blue Bird loves and appreciates what you’re doing here at FVSU, by providing an education to these students,” said Jones. “Knowledge is power, and knowledge is also doing great things to achieve your dreams.”
Jones and other representatives from the Fort Valley-based company also attended the27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 17. The group had an opportunity to meetFVSU student Eric Ackaah, a junior majoring in computer science. Jones said he discussed the possibility of Ackaah interning with the bus company for the upcoming summer.
“He’s sharp,” Jones said of Ackaah, adding Blue Bird’s plans call not only for providing funding for the FVSU program, but also other resources, including possible opportunities for students. “(Ackaah) is just the type of person we’re looking to bring in at Blue Bird.”
McCurdy said he had high hopes for the new partnership between FVSU and Blue Bird.
“The college has been here for a long time, so has Blue Bird,” McCurdy said. “We always want to support students who can reach for high objectives, and we’re happy to support the Honors College and FVSU. There’s a reason why we came here instead of another school. We wanted to help students achieve their dreams.”
Christina D. Milton,writer/Social Media Specialist
Fort Valley State University
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