Fisk University, announced it has received a $20,000 donation from the Tractor Supply Company Foundation, the charitable arm of the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer, to advance opportunities for minorities in the agriculture, education, and civic fields. The donation comes as part of Tractor Supply Company’s ongoing commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in its workforce and the communities it serves.

“We are so excited about our ever-increasing corporate partnerships and the unique opportunities this will provide our students in terms of internships and job placement,” said Senior Vice President Dr. Jens Frederiksen.

Earlier this year, Tractor Supply launched the African Americans on the R.I.S.E. (Relationships, Inclusion, Support, and Education) Team Member Engagement Group (known as R.I.S.E.). The group’s mission is to engage, empower and facilitate the growth of African American Team Members; provide visibility to and address issues and challenges which impact African Americans; and support causes of importance to the broader African American community. In light of the recent national focus on racial and social justice, the Tractor Supply Company Foundation worked with the R.I.S.E. group to identify organizations that are uniquely working to achieve these goals, giving out more than $125,000 total.

“At Tractor Supply, we are committed to being a champion for equality and respect,” said Hal Lawton, Tractor Supply’s President, and Chief Executive Officer. “By way of the Tractor Supply Company Foundation and with the direction of our African Americans on the R.I.S.E. group, we are proud to support organizations like Fisk University that are doing important work to advance opportunities for African Americans and other minorities in our schools, our communities and in the field of agriculture.”