Georgia-based manufacturer House of Cheatham has donated a $3 million gift to Clark Atlanta University to fund entrepreneurial programming and increase the number of Black entrepreneurs.
House of Cheatham, a manufacturer of multicultural hair care brands such as Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils and Africa's Best, bestows the donation in the name of its late founder and former Georgia State Senator, Robert H. Bell.
The donation will help fund the The Robert H. "Bob" Bell/House of Cheatham Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development.
Dwan White, vice-president of global marketing at House of Cheatham, said, "This is an investment in inspiring, educating and equipping brilliant young minds to gain access to the knowledge, resources and capital needed to become job creators, innovators and disruptors. As a HBCU alumnus, I would love to see more companies like ours make similar investments in Black college students."
President George T. French, Jr., Ph.D., said, "These significant new resources to fund entrepreneurial programming will enable Clark Atlanta University to continue to graduate our students with a competitive edge to become successful career leaders, innovators and social justice change agents. We are extremely grateful for such a generous gift and are convinced that the Robert H. 'Bob' Bell/House of Cheatham Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development will continue to develop and invest into the future of our students, who when they depart CAU, are prepared to positively impact the world."