NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, June 2, 2020) – IEBA, the leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, has announced a donation of $25,000 from its Educational Outreach Fund to the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Scholarship Fund at Fisk University. IEBA has also pledged an additional $25,000 towards the creation of a new permanently-endowed scholarship at Fisk.
Established in 1865, Fisk University has played a central role in the shaping of African-American learning and culture in America. Among countless others, notable figures from Fisk include civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois, the world-famous Jubilee Singers, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and music industry mogul Matthew Knowles. A National Science Foundation study revealed that Fisk alumni earned more doctorate degrees in the natural sciences than African-American graduates from any other college or university in the nation.
“At this critical time in our nation’s story, we choose to make an investment in actualizing the potential of promising youth in our community,” explained IEBA Educational Outreach Fund President Barry Jeffrey. “Fisk has a rich history in music and a commitment to preparing students from diverse backgrounds to make substantive contributions in their fields. We hope our support can help tear down the financial obstacles that may stand in their way.”
IEBA’s Educational Outreach Fund has permanently endowed over $1.3 million in scholarships at ten universities: Belmont, John Brown, Lipscomb, MTSU, Murray State, New Mexico State, NYU, University of Delaware, University of Montana, and University of the South. Through a mix of programs, IEBA awarded 29 scholarships totaling over $62,000 in 2019.
About IEBA Educational Outreach Fund
The IEBA Educational Outreach Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2017. IEBA uses tax-deductible donations to create permanently endowed college scholarships and other educational programs.
More about IEBA’s Educational Outreach Fund here.