BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Southern University and A&M College announces they are one of five HBCUs to partner with PENN Entertainment for STEM scholarships.

PENN Entertainment is North America’s leading provider of entertainment, sports content, and casino experiences. PENN has dedicated over $4 million over five years to fund STEM scholarships for HBCUs, as well as create internship opportunities.

Southern is accompanied by Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, Norfolk State University, Bowie State University, and Wilberforce University.

“As a company at the forefront of technology, we launched this program as a way to increase access to STEM opportunities for HBCU students and create real-world, hands-on learning experiences,” said Justin Carter, senior vice president of regional operations for PENN Entertainment and chairman of the company’s diversity committee. “The addition of these three esteemed universities deepens our widespread support for HBCUs and expands our efforts to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communities where we operate. STEM careers make up a growing share of jobs in today’s economy, and we are committed to narrowing the representation gap in STEM fields and empowering students in this program for years to come.”

PENN’s dedication to funding scholarships is an extension of the company’s partnership with 35 HBCUs across the country. The collaboration with HBCUs opens internship and career opportunities at PENN properties.