BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The McBride Sisters Collection, $50,000 fund to Southern University Agricultural Research (SU Ag) and Extension Center, and the College of Agricultural Family and Consumer Sciences will go towards professional career advancement.

The McBride Sisters, She Can Fund— aims to close the race and gender gap in leadership positions in the industries of wine and spirits, hospitality, finance industries—and also provide professional development, scholarships to upcoming women leaders, according to SU Ag.

“This is the first partnership between the McBride Sisters Collection Wines and an HBCU,” said Agnes Uboma, Chief Impact Officer for the McBride Sisters Collection Wines.

SU Ag Center and College of Ag YES SHE CAN fund will help students and faculty gain invaluable experiences in the field of wine cultivation studies, enology and more.

“The Plant and Soil Sciences team inclusive of Drs. LaShunda Hodges, Jacqueline McComb, Crystal Vance, and Devaiah Kambiranda along with some of our student research assistants came together and made this possible,” said Dr. Renita Marshall, SU Ag Center Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services/Associate Dean of the SU College of Ag.

The McBride Sisters brand is not only the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States but one of the most inclusive, accessible, socially aware, and sustainable brands on the market. Visit Mcbridesisters.com to learn more.