Johnson Controls Foundation awards $25,000 in scholarships to Winston-Salem State University

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Grant will support students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields

MILWAUKEE – (March 3, 2016) – The Johnson Controls Foundation has awarded $25,000 to Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). The funds will provide 10 to 15 scholarships for WSSU students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“More than 90 percent of our students receive need-based financial aid, and the majority of our students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Michelle Cook, vice chancellor of university advancement at WSSU. “The Johnson Controls Foundation’s investment will ensure that more of our students who are majoring in STEM fields have the financial resources they need to pursue their education and participate in research and other co-curricular activities that will help them develop essential skills.”

The Johnson Controls Foundation Scholars Program will help students pay for room, board, tuition, fees, and other expenses at WSSU. WSSU is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina offering baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs to a diverse student population of more than 5,000 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

The Johnson Controls Foundation provides financial gifts to select U.S.-based organizations located in the communities in which the company has a presence.

“Johnson Controls is committed to education, community and inclusion,” said Grady Crosby, president of the Johnson Controls Foundation. “We are pleased to support STEM students through our Foundation Scholars Program, especially at a time when technologies are advancing at such a rapid rate and global competition for jobs and market share is increasing. Our goal is to help students master these technologies and enter the workforce equipped to pursue and secure jobs in their chosen fields.”

Each year the Johnson Controls Foundation distributes grants of more than $7 million to support the arts, education, health and social services, and the environment. It also provides college scholarships to children of U.S. employees who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and civic involvement. In addition, the Foundation matches gifts ranging from $50 to $5,000 to U.S. educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations.

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