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Florida A&M University Receives $5 Million From Google To Help Students Pursuing STEM Degrees

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Florida A&M University is working to increase underrepresented groups in the tech industry. The university announced Thursday morning it received a $5 million donation from Google to support the initiative. FAMU is one of 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, to receive the donation.

University President, Larry Robinson, says he’s glad to see a major company like Google striving to increase minority representation.

"Beyond just the donation, I think it’s the commitment that Google’s leadership has made on this matter," Robinson said. "In fact, Google and these institutions formed an HBCU Presidential Council to ensure that we work on these matters well into the future."

Robinson says he expects the money to be used during the upcoming fall semester to support students pursuing a degree and career in technology.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.