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 AU Business Students Receive Prestigious Community Improvement Grant

The Anderson University Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, team has been named one of fifty organizations nationwide to receive the prestigious Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) Community Improvement Challenge grant.

The grant was offered for the first time this year by the LCEF to nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. The SIFE teams that receive the funding are awarded $1,200 grants for the structural improvement of community, educational, municipal, or residential facilities or operations.

Founded in 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) has a long and proud history of contributing to grassroots community projects. LCEF awards millions annually to diverse organizations across the United States. The mission of the LCEF is to improving the communities they serve through support of public education, community improvement projects and home safety initiatives.

Dr. Bill Laing, one of the AU SIFE team’s faculty advisors and associate professor of business at AU, stated, “It is very gratifying that the Anderson University SIFE team continues to gain national recognition. It is even more gratifying that in this case, our team will be able to apply this generous grant toward creating a real solution for our business community in Anderson and beyond.”

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.

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