The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is donating $25,000 from its Educational Outreach Fund to the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Scholarship Fund at Fisk University. The organization has also pledged an additional $25,000 towards the creation of a new permanently-endowed scholarship at Fisk.
“At this critical time in our nation’s story, we choose to make an investment in actualizing the potential of promising youth in our community,” explained IEBA Educational Outreach Fund resident Barry Jeffrey. “Fisk has a rich history in music and a commitment to preparing students from diverse backgrounds to make substantive contributions in their fields. We hope our support can help tear down the financial obstacles that may stand in their way.”
Through a mix of programs, IEBA awarded 29 scholarships totaling over $62,000 in 2019. IEBA’s Educational Outreach Fund has permanently endowed over $1.3 million in scholarships at 10 universities: Belmont, John Brown, Lipscomb, MTSU, Murray State, New Mexico State, NYU, University of Delaware, University of Montana, and University of the South.
Established in 1865, Fisk University has played a central role in the shaping of African-American learning and culture in America. Notable figures from Fisk include civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois, the world-famous Jubilee Singers, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and music industry mogul Matthew Knowles.
IEBA, founded in 1970, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
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