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The industry leader invests in diversity by supporting 2011 Opportunity of a Lifetime University Competition

Black Voice Foundation Inc. received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to support students from minority serving institutions in The Opportunity of a Lifetime national case study development program.

UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and leading global provider has made the commitment to provide support to diverse university students. Through a rigorous selection process, top student teams will compete by developing a five month professional case study. Utilizing various forms of technology to enhance the impact of their research, the student teams will submit their virtual media presentations on-line to a panel of judges. Ultimately, this years 2011 (Generation X) winners will be selected by the panel, flown to Southern California and presented with the coveted ‘Legacy Award’ at the 7th annual Hardy Brown Gala, December 3, 2011.

The finalist will present at the host campus, California State University - San Bernardino.

The virtual case study program educates and trains students on being prepared for future internship and career opportunities.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of the strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas of giving: nonprofit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability. In 2010, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $44.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Black Voice Foundation and provide support for building stronger communities.

Founder of the foundation, Hardy Brown, Sr. said “ I am pleased that UPS & BVF have a common goal of building better communities. Education and training is important to the growth and development of the next generation.”

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities - so we are proud to support the Black Voice Foundation’s efforts to inspire diverse college students,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.

The Black Voice Foundation www.bvfounation.org for Media, History, & the Arts 501(c)(3) was founded in 1988 with a mission to train and educate individuals in print media. The Foundation has expanded its mission to include digital and electronic media and a burgeoning set of projects in the fields of education, professional development, media, history, and the arts. If you are interested in learning more about the case study competition, please contact us at http://bvfoundation.org/Diversity_Case_Program.html

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