The Wal-Mart Foundation Donates $150,000 to SC State University

Monday, June 08, 2009

walmartThe Wal-Mart Foundation announced a major gift today to support South Carolina State University’s Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station (SRESFS) program. The donation of $150,000 was presented to SC State’s president Dr. George E. Cooper by Chris Neeley of Wal-Mart. SRESFS has completed its eleventh year of supporting, and in some cases redirecting the careers of students, especially minority students, into environmental science and engineering, and natural resources management.

“The Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station is an outstanding program that we are proud to support,” said Neeley. “Their efforts will lead to greater environmental sustainability and improved natural resources management while providing educational opportunities from historically underrepresented groups in these important fields of study.”

“Wal-Mart is a member of SC State’s Business and Industry Cluster and this gift demonstrates their commitment and support of SC State University. These funds will enhance our ability to recruit and retain Environmental Science & Engineering students and prepare them to solve very complex environmental issues,” said Dr. Jackie Epps, interim vice president of Institutional Advancement.

Dr. Cooper echoes that sentiment. “This gift represents a very significant statement about SC State University and the value of our Environmental Sciences Field Station,” said Cooper. “These funds will enable us to strengthen our program and attract more students from underrepresented groups. On behalf of the students and staff of South Carolina State I want to thank the Wal-Mart Foundation for their generous support and all that they do for our University and the broader community,” continued Cooper.

About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the Wal-Mart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. In 2008, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $378 million to communities across the United States. To learn more, please visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s presence in South Carolina currently includes 63 Supercenters, 8 Discount Stores, 9 Sam’s Clubs and 2 Distribution Centers. In 2008, Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club gave $9,904,756.00 in cash and in-kind donations to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of South Carolina. Through additional funds raised through stores and clubs throughout the state, Wal-Mart contributed and raised a grand total of $11,941,771.00 as a result of its presence in South Carolina.