Partnership to provide scholarship funding and financial education to student-athletes
Tallahassee, Fla. (June 8, 2021)—Today, Hancock Whitney announced a partnership with Florida A&M University (FAMU) aimed at providing support and financial resources for student-athletes. The $10,000 investment will be distributed through a scholarship to students with a low- to moderate-income and demonstrate academic excellence.
"I cannot express how thankful I am for our student-athletes to be receiving this scholarship from Hancock Whitney,” said Michelle D. Harper, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success & Competitive Excellence. “Their generous donation will greatly impact the lives of the scholarship recipients. During these unprecedented times, funding for school has been a burden that some of our student-athletes have faced. We are happy to receive support from Hancock Whitney to alleviate those barriers."
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will oversee the distribution of scholarship funding to students athletes.
"Recognizing that there is a need for financial support among students, we are honored to partner with FAMU to provide that funding as they work to produce champions on the field, in the classroom, and in the community,” said Tamara Wyre, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director at Hancock Whitney. “Alleviating some of the financial burden for these students so they can focus on their education, commitments, and future is something we are proud to play a role in.”
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to the spirit of Hancock Whitney’s purpose and core values. In 2020 the bank renewed its commitment to advancing diversity, promoting equity and fostering a culture of inclusion expanding partnerships founded on the bank’s (DEI) standards .
"We are excited to welcome a leading financial Institution like Hancock Whitney to the Rattler Sports Properties FAMUly,” said Kevin M. Wilson, Associate Athletics Director, External Affairs. “They share our passion for providing the tools our student-athletes need to be successful in life.”
In addition to the financial contribution, Hancock Whitney will deliver customized financial education to student-athletes, designed for young adults who are managing their own finances and household. Topics will be focused on key areas including personal finance management, savings, as well as borrowing and loan management.
"Hancock Whitney has a strong belief that economic success, and achieving your goals starts with a foundation in financial literacy and education,” said Tom Deison, Tallahassee Market President at Hancock Whitney. “College students are in a unique position to be transitioning into managing their finances, bills, and homes for the first time. It is our hope that after our sessions together, they’ll feel confident doing just that.”
For more information about Hancock Whitney’s Financial Education program, visit www.hancockwhitney.com/financial-education.
About Hancock Whitney
Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and analysis firm, consistently recommends Hancock Whitney as one of America’s most financially sound banks. More information is available at hancockwhitney.com.
Paul Maxwell, Senior Communications Officer