Aaron’s Scholars Program Provides Financial Support For 20 Morehouse College Students

APRO Board Member and Aaron’s General Counsel and Foundation President Robert Kamerschen with Morehouse College President David Thomas, Aaron’s Chief Operations Officer John Smith, Morehouse College Board Trustee Harold Martin Jr., Morehouse College Board Trustee Billye Suber Aaron and Morehouse College Alumnus, TV Host and Songwriter Derek Watkins.

Aaron’s, Inc. recently announced the launch of the “Aaron’s Scholars Program,” created to provide Morehouse College students who are the first in their families to enroll in college with financial support and internship opportunities.

The Aaron’s Scholars Program will be underwritten by a $1 million gift benefiting 20 students at Morehouse College through 2022. Each student in the program will receive a 3-year, $50,000 scholarship. The first series of scholarship recipients will be announced in late April at the annual E.B. Williams Awards Banquet. Students will be selected from Morehouse College’s three departments of humanities, business, and science and mathematics.

“It is heartwarming and inspiring for young men to be the first in their families to attend college and Aaron’s is proud to assist them as they endeavor toward this high academic achievement at Morehouse,” says Aaron’s CEO John Robinson. “Morehouse College is a historic institution in our hometown of Atlanta and the Aaron’s Scholars Program is our way of giving back and advocating for our future community leaders.”

Morehouse President David A. Thomas said the College appreciates the support of corporate partners like Aaron’s that believe in Morehouse’s mission and unique space in developing global leaders.

“Morehouse College appreciates the $1 million contribution to support student scholarships,” says Thomas. “Aaron’s investment will be a great help to young men who dream of earning college degrees to uplift their families, impact their communities, and change their economic futures. I look forward to working with Aaron’s in this partnership and following the success of our Aaron’s Scholars.”

To qualify for the Aaron’s Scholars Program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA, submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor and have received enough credit hours as a full-time student to be considered a second-year student.

“Nationwide trends show tuition and fees are rising at a faster rate than the financial aid and family income needed to cover costs. Aaron’s is committed to helping highly qualified students who are the first to attend college in their families graduate with a bright future,” says Robinson.

Aaron’s has a long legacy of giving back to communities, a commitment that began with the Company’s founder Charlie Loudermilk 63 years ago. Today, Aaron’s is more committed than ever to improving the lives of young men and women who are college-bound and helping them “Own the Life They Want.”

Morehouse, the world’s only historically black college for men, has been grooming primarily black men for global leadership and service for more than 150 years. The liberal arts college began in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, as Augusta Institute, a place where former slaves were prepared for careers in ministry and teaching. Since then, Morehouse has moved to Atlanta and produced four Rhodes Scholars, several college presidents, and many other leaders. In fact, the National Science Foundation ranked Morehouse as the No.1 producer of black men who receive doctorates in education, life and physical sciences, math and computer sciences, psychology and social sciences, as well as humanities and the arts.

Morehouse Men continue to distinguish themselves in business, the arts, politics, education, journalism, and science because they strive for excellence and are committed to community service. The College has produced many prominent graduates, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee.