Carolina Panthers and Charlotte's MLS team owner David Tepper and his wife, Nicole, announced on Wednesday that they will contribute $250,000 to aid Johnson C. Smith University students in need of overcoming financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scholarship funds would benefit as many as 70 returning students in need of financial aid during the 2020-21 academic year.
“Nicole and I have visited Johnson C. Smith and have gotten to know President Armbrister and some of the leaders at the school,” Mr. Tepper said in the release. “This pandemic has put a lot of people in a tough spot, particularly students who are trying to complete their education and earn their degrees. Hopefully, this contribution can help. This institution means a lot to this community and we look forward to building on our relationship in the future.”
David and Nicole Tepper have contributed $250,000 to aid JCSU students as they overcome financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. @Pantherspic.twitter.com/JGlRrDxhnu
JCSU is a historically Black university and President Clarence D. Armbrister is looking forward to working more with the Teppers.
“The donation to the University affirms their commitment to minority students in the Charlotte community and beyond," Armbrister said. "The continued success of historically Black universities like JCSU is at a critical point. Partnerships like this are essential to sustaining HBCUs which are educating the next generation of leaders in the workplace and in the community. With COVID-19’s significantly disproportionate impact on people of color, these scholarship funds could not have been donated at a better time for our students.”
The donation to JCSU is just the first step of a
"This is an important first step in our relationship with Johnson C. Smith," Mrs. Tepper said. "I've visited the university and met with President Armbrister. We want to make a difference."
On Monday, the Teppers donated $567,000 over the next three years to establish a scholarship program at the University of South Carolina.