Pay It Forward Grant: Tennessee State University

The Forward Foundation is proud to award The Pay It Forward Grant to Tennessee State University, College of Engineering on behalf of Black American Engineering Scholarship Award mentor Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson.

Dr Felicia Benton Johnson Mentor - Photograph

Felicia donates her time and talent as a mentor to The Forward Foundation’s Black American Engineering Scholarship Award. This program combines scholarship with mentorship to increase racial equity in the field of engineering by funding students with scholarships and providing them with professional mentors to assist them in their challenging university programs.
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The Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant was created to show gratitude for individuals like Dr. Benton-Johnson who donate their time as mentors. At the close of the school year, each mentor is awarded a $2,500 grant from the Forward Foundation and is provided with the opportunity to direct the grant in their name to a public charity or educational institution of their choice.

Tennessee State University, College of Engineering (TSU) is a public historically black land-grand university in Nashville, Tennessee and live by their motto: Excellence is our Habit! TSU is designated as a high research institution and strives for excellence in programming, offerings, and community engagement and aspires to be the premier urban, comprehensive institution achieving prominence through innovation, research, creativity, and service.

Through its legacy, TSU transforms lives, prepares a diverse population of leaders, and contributions to economic and community development by following its core values: learning, making excellence a habit, thinking beyond, working relentlessly, and serving everyone. As of 2021, TSU currently serves 5,855+ students.

The Pay It Forward Grant is funded by The Forward Foundation, which partners with compassionate individuals to support like-minded missions for human equality and domestic empowerment.
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The Forward Foundation, together with Dr. Benton-Johnson, is proud to donate and support Tennessee State University’s world-class educational institution prioritizing educational opportunities for Black Americans.