Edison International committed to a contribution of $150,000 to The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) over the course of three years – 2009, 2010 and 2011 – donating $50,000 each year.
The partnership will help TLF target the underserved student populations in Edison International’s service territories by focusing on five campuses in the California State University System, which has the largest diverse and underserved minority population of students than any other state university system. One student from CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU San Bernardino will be granted a TLF scholarship annually for the next three years.
The LAGRANT Foundation’s mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.
"We are long-time supporters of The LAGRANT Foundation and we applaud the Foundation's education mission," said Edison International Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Barbara J. Parksy.
“We want to take this partnership to the next level by directly increasing the number of students receiving scholarships in these underserved areas of Southern California."
TLF will work closely with the school’s communications and business programs to provide scholarships, internships, career development workshops and mentors for undergraduate and graduate students.
TLF will target ethnic minority students pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations and will be able to directly reach Edison International’s underserved populations to assist ethnic minorities in achieving their academic and professional goals.
“Edison has supported The LAGRANT Foundation for nine of the eleven years TLF has existed,” said TLF Founder/Chairman, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We are excited about this partnership, which will help to provide more concentrated efforts on some of the most diverse CSU campuses in the state.”
Since its inception in 1998, TLF has awarded close to $1,000,000 to more than a 130 students nationwide. TLF Strives to shatter the glass ceiling and provide opportunities for ethnic minorities for years to come.