Alcorn awarded over $100,000 Goldman Sachs college access grant

Alcorn State University recently received a grant for $125,000 from Goldman Sachs to increase college access.

The grant was made possible by Alcorn sophomore Tyarian Carson’s contributions during the Goldman Sachs’ Market Madness: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Possibilities Program.

“It was the best experience,” said Carson. “I met wonderful and kind people and learned so many new things about myself.”

Carson, a native of Canton, Miss. and mass communication major, participated in a competition and weekly educational sessions to learn more about the company and its functions.

“I learned how to communicate better,” she said. “It’s not all about how you say words. It’s about how you portray them and how you come off as a person.”

Goldman Sachs’ Market Madness Program was created to give insight into careers in finance for freshmen and sophomores attending HBCUs. Students covered topics from financial modeling to Excel 101.

“Alcorn is known for providing an exceptional educational experience that prepares graduates for a lifetime of success,” said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, president of Alcorn State University. “We deeply appreciate Goldman Sachs for providing a unique opportunity for our students to broaden their financial literacy skills through this program and Goldman Sachs’ generous support for vital student financial aid and scholarships.” 

In 2021, Goldman Sachs committed $25 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities under its initiative to build an “inclusive and dynamic economy and society.” 

Goldman Sachs is a leading global financial institution that delivers a broad range of financial services across investment banking, securities, investment management and consumer banking to a large and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and individuals.