Welcome to Monday.

Intel Corporation granted Morgan State University a three year, $750,000 grant to support students in STEM-related disciplines and to better prepare graduates for the workforce. This is a part of Intel’s $4.5 million HBCU Grant Program in an effort to increase African-American representation in the tech sector.  The company also aimed to diversify tech by recruiting students while in college.

In addition to Morgan State, North Carolina A&T State University, Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, Howard University and Florida A&M University will all participate in Intel’s program. I am in awe that a billion dollar tech company believed in investing in the education of minorities.

I want to end today’s introduction with an announcement: I will be attending Morgan State University in the fall joining the School of Global Journalism and Communication.

The tech investment stories I curated and reported on during my time with ThePLUG inspired me to continue my education and invest in my own future. It won’t be easy, but Tyler and Sherrell have whipped me into shape for this next step in my life and for that, I thank them.

This is ThePLUG’s editorial fellow signing out.

Janay R. 

This newsletter is sponsored by Capital One.

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