Hancock Whitney Bank Pledges $20K for Social Justice Scholarship


Posted on November 13, 2020
Lance Crawford


From left, University of South Alabama President Dr. Tony Waldrop, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile President Dr. André Green, Hancock Whitney Business Banker Tramaine Perry, Alabama Market President Guy Helmsing, Middle Market Banker Angela Dunn, and USA Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Margaret Sullivan at Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.  data-lightbox='featured'
From left, University of South Alabama President Dr. Tony Waldrop, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile President Dr. André Green, Hancock Whitney Business Banker Tramaine Perry, Alabama Market President Guy Helmsing, Middle Market Banker Angela Dunn, and USA Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Margaret Sullivan at Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.

Hancock Whitney bank has pledged $20,000 to the University of South Alabama Leadership in Social Justice and Perseverance Scholarship designed to help promising young social justice leaders pursue higher education at USA.

The gift will have a total financial impact of $40,000 through dollar-for-dollar matching provided by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative. It supports USA’s $500,000 fund-raising goal for the new scholarship established through a University partnership with 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile.

“At Hancock Whitney, we believe educational opportunities secure foundations for insightful, intentional, leadership vital to ensuring safe, just, and inclusive communities for all,” said Hancock Whitney Alabama Market President Guy Helmsing. “We are proud to continue growing our relationship with the University of South Alabama by supporting a scholarship that offers financial resources for deserving young leaders in social justice to achieve their dreams and make a difference.”

University officials said Hancock Whitney’s financial support for the Leadership in Social Justice and Perseverance Scholarship carries on a mutual commitment to creating opportunities for all people and helps foster a campus community that nurtures and celebrates diversity and inclusion and sets an example for leading and facilitating social justice initiatives.

“The University and 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile are honored to have Hancock Whitney’s support of the new scholarship fund,” said Dr. André Green, associate vice president of academic affairs at USA and president of 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile. “Investments like this will not only change the trajectory of our students’ lives, but the community’s as a whole.”

Hancock Whitney designated its contribution to benefit only low-to-moderate-income students to align with its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the pledge also expands a long-standing educational and community partnership between Hancock Whitney and USA.

Endowed in August 2020 with a $10,000 gift to USA from 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, the Leadership in Social Justice and Perseverance Scholarship honors and remembers individuals who have fallen to systems of oppression and social injustice.

The annual award provides full tuition to a rising full-time USA senior with a 3.0 or higher grade-point average who is nearing completion of their degree program and who demonstrates strong servant leadership and passionate commitment to principles of perseverance, social justice, equity, access, participation, and human rights.

Hancock Whitney recently became the Official Bank of the University of South Alabama. Additionally, the 25,000-seat Hancock Whitney Stadium opened for the 2020 football season as a state-of-the-art campus sports venue showcasing Jag Nation football and other athletics.

To support the Leadership in Social Justice and Perseverance Scholarship, visit https://connect.southalabama.edu/page/USA/SocialJustice. For more information, contact the USA Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (251) 460-7032 or development@southalabama.edu


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