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Morehouse receives $1 million for STEM

Morehouse College plans to use a $1 million gift from Newell Brands to boost its offerings in science, technology, engineering and math . HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Morehouse College plans to use a $1 million gift from Newell Brands to boost its offerings in science, technology, engineering and math . HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Newell Brands gave Morehouse College $1 million to support the expansion of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program.

“As Morehouse College celebrates its 150th year, we still have work to do in helping to make sure our students are prepared to take on the rising number of STEM-related jobs in this country,” said Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

The company was formerly headquartered in Sandy Springs but has moved to New Jersey.

Newell Brands CEO Michael Polk serves on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.

“We are proud to help Morehouse students learn the valuable skills they need to succeed in the future,” he said.

Morehouse has had some recent successes in the STEM world, including:

• Computer science major Prince Abudu, a 2016 graduate, became Morehouse College’s fourth Rhodes Scholar for his academic and social achievements. Abudu is pursuing his Master’s Degree in computer science and his MBA at Oxford University.

• Morehouse College garnered national interest for its ability to supply data to agencies working to curb the incarceration of young men of color. The Morehouse College Computing Research Lab Center designed a tool which provides visualization technology that helps organizations analyze real-time data on the clients of 200 youth facilities nationwide.