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UNCF Member Spelman College Receives Walmart Foundation Reaccreditation Grant Share a Spelman College Press Release

For Immediate Release

Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College

Monique LeNoir
UNCF Communications

UNCF HBCU Honor Roll SpelmanATLANTA (June 26, 2019)— Spelman College, a UNCF member institution, has received a $20,000 Reaffirmation Readiness Review grant from the Walmart Foundation to help greatly enhance its educational quality and effectiveness. The mini grant supports Spelman meeting its accreditation criteria per the standards set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in southern states.

“We are honored to be awarded this grant,” stated Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. “With UNCF and the Walmart Foundation’s support, not only does Spelman College continue to demonstrate excellence in educational standards, but it also allows us to enhance our visibility, improve on our institutional infrastructure and student-centered initiatives, and preserve our rich historic legacy of developing leaders.”

Spelman received one of five mini-grants from the Walmart Foundation, which to date has awarded more than $6 million to support the sustainability of historically Black colleges and universities.

In 2018, the foundation granted $500,000 in support of HBCUs via the UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building for consultative and technical assistance services. Two other UNCF-member schools will each receive a $10,000 grant to prepare for the SACSCOC fifth-year interim report. In addition, four institutions received high priority technical assistance offering subject matter expert consultants to improve institutional capacity.

Spelman has developed many partnerships to promote academic and leadership development for its 2,100 students, including collaborations with the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Business School Extension and Princeton University’s Lewis-Sigler Institute.

“At UNCF, we are grateful for the impact and support of the Walmart Foundation and the benefit this grant will bring to Spelman College and its students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF. “Together, UNCF and the Walmart Foundation will ensure our institutions create transformative educational experiences and remain on the cutting-edge of innovation.”

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

About Spelman College 
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit



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