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Agnes Scott College Receives $1M Grant from The Delta Air Lines Foundation for Global Journeys

Decatur, Ga. -Agnes Scott College announced today that it will receive a $1 million grant from The Delta Air Lines Foundation. This grant will be designated for the college’s Global Journeys – part of a curricular and co-curricular four-year experience called SUMMIT. As part of SUMMIT, 100 percent of Agnes Scott’s first-year students engage with the wider world by traveling globally on college-sponsored, faculty-led trips.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian shared news of the grant at the college’s third Annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference where he was a keynote speaker and participated in a fireside chat with Agnes Scott College President Leocadia I. Zak about inclusive leadership. 

“At Delta, we have so much appreciation for what Agnes Scott College is doing in education and the whole learning journey and globalization, and we’re big fans of the Global Journeys program,” said Bastian. “I’m thrilled to share that The Delta Air Lines Foundation has approved a $1 million grant to Agnes Scott College over the next four years to help with that program.”

“I was completely stunned when Ed announced the grant to Agnes Scott,” said Leocadia I. Zak, president of Agnes Scott College. “This generous grant from The Delta Air Lines Foundation is going to take our SUMMIT experience to even greater heights and allow us to continue providing our first-year students with life-changing experiences that will truly transform their minds, build confidence and position them to claim their places in our community, workplaces and world. On behalf of the college, we are so grateful for supporters like Delta – whose mission and values align with ours.” 

In 2022, Agnes Scott College sent 300 students to 16 destinations as part of the Global Journeys initiative, including Paris, Alaska, Martinique, Bulgaria, Belize, Tuscany and Jamaica. Global Journeys is one of the many reasons that Agnes Scott has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s No. 1 most innovative college for five consecutive years. The college has been ranked in the top ten for the past five years for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report as well. Agnes Scott’s student population is incredibly diverse, with 61 percent of the students identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and 32 percent of students are the first in their families to attend college.