Fisk University has been awarded $1 million from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), as part of UNCF’s Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). The funding will allow Fisk to develop and enhance career readiness programming to better prepare undergraduate students for the workforce upon graduation. Funded by the Eli Lilly Endowment, Inc., the CPI provides support to select historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) for career preparation initiatives. 

“We are honored to receive this $1 million grant and are appreciative of the UNCF’s investment in HBCU’s and more specifically, their continued support of Fisk University. This CPI grant allows us to expand our career services offerings while ensuring that our graduates have the skills necessary to enter the global workforce upon leaving Fisk,” said Frank L. Sims, interim president. “For 150 years, Fisk has taken pride in producing prepared and knowledgeable students. With the additional financial support, part of that preparation will include expanded career development programming, business partnerships, and internship and job placement opportunities for Fisk students.”     

The funding from the CPI is part of a five-year, $35.3 million award made to 24 HBCU’s to implement programs to improve employment outcomes for HBCU graduates. In October 2015, Lilly Endowment Inc. committed $50 million to launch CPI to improve job placement outcomes for graduates of four-year HBCUs. The UNCF launched CPI in December 2015 through a rigorous and competitive multi-phased grant process that targeted 87 eligible public and private HBCUs. 




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