Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) Awards UPS Scholarship to Tony Jones, Jr., Talladega College

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2013

Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) Awards UPS Scholarship to Tony Jones, Jr., Talladega College

Tony Jones, Jr, a Sophomore at Talladega College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided through the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU).

“Talladega College is proud to partner with AAICU to give deserving students, similar to Tony, opportunities to attend exceptional private colleges,” said Billy C. Hawkins, President of Talladega College. “Without the support of our partners, corporations, like as the UPS Foundation, and our alumni, many of our students would not be able to attend college.”

AAICU is a statewide association for private colleges and universities that is affiliated with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $33,600 to the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 609 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

“UPS is proud to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s independent colleges,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We are proud, too, that The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed
$97.5 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world.”


About Talladega College
The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant. The College has an aggressive tradition of bringing the world to Talladega. Home of the Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, the murals are on a nationwide tour where it is estimated to be seen by over a half million people and has received rave reviews from the New York Times. For more information, visit

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. For more information, visit

The UPS Foundation (NYSE: UPS), which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2010, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $95 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS foundation can be found on the web at

The Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) is a 501(c)3 association, founded in 1956 to benefit both students and member institutions. AAICU’s fourteen member colleges are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and with their satellite campuses touch almost every county in the state. For more information on AAICU visit