Benedict music program gets $500,000 grant for scholarships - - Columbia, South Carolina

Benedict music program gets $500,000 grant for scholarships


Benedict College has received a $500,000 grant from the Ray Charles Foundation for its music program.

$400,000 will go toward scholarships for students in the Benedict College Music Industry Program. It will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books.

The remaining $100,000 will be used to develop some of the most state-of-the-art studios and classrooms in the nation for the school's Music Industry Degree Program.

Benedict officials announced the grant Tuesday.

"Benedict College is exactly the kind of educational institution of higher learning that Mr. Charles wanted to support when he established the Ray Charles Foundation," said Valerie Ervin, president of the Ray Charles Foundation. "He placed a premium on insuring that students from low-income families can have an outstanding college career and to prepare for a successful adult life. The fact that Benedict College, a historically black college, has such an outstanding record of academic achievement is a further important reason for the Foundation to provide a $500,000 grant."

Charles founded The Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders in 1986. In 2006, the foundation's name was changed to The Ray Charles Foundation.


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