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AT&T contributes $25K to ULM’s Centennial Scholars Program

Published January 25, 2024

AT&T Donation

CAPTION: (L-R) Roy Heatherly, Monroe Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Miller, ULM; Joel Dispenza, AT&T, Nicholas Redden, AT&T; Susan Chappell, ULM Foundation; David Aubrey, AT&T Louisiana; Roxanne Smith, ULM Foundation; Joyce Zhou, ULM; John Jones, ULM Board of Trustees President; Matt Adams, AT&T Louisiana 

MONROE, LA – In an effort to enhance digital literacy in Northeast Louisiana, AT&T has contributed $25,000 to the University of Louisiana Monroe’s Centennial Scholars program.  The Centennial Scholars are local fifth graders who will make up ULM’s freshman class of 2031, the university’s 100th anniversary. 

Using AT&T educational materials that recognize the vital role technology plays in today’s society, Centennial Scholars will receive digital literacy training in order to bridge the digital divide and ensure everyone in Northeast Louisiana has the tools needed for success in the digital age.  By supporting underserved communities in our region, AT&T and ULM intend to create lasting change and bring about new opportunities for Louisiana families. 

“We believe in the transformative power of connectivity and knowledge,” said David J. Aubrey, President of AT&T Louisiana. “AT&T’s collaboration is a testament to our shared dedication to equipping individuals with essential skills for a brighter future.” 

“It’s always special when community champions like AT&T recognize the amazing work being done at ULM and the ULM Foundation.  Their investment and support of the innovative Centennial Scholars program is perfect,” Roy Heatherly, President and CEO of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and the event Master of Ceremonies, stated.   

AT&T’s commitment to the Centennial Scholars program at ULM will provide students and their families with essential computer skills training as well as access to various internal internet options including iPads and hotspots.   

“We are thankful for the leadership and support of AT&T in tackling digital literacy in our region and are honored to partner with them through our Centennial Scholars reading program,” indicated Dr. Ron Berry, President of ULM.  “Their financial support will allow us to reach more students and help bridge the digital divide across North Louisiana.”