Cisco plugs in colleges

Cisco Systems is donating $1.8 million in technology and scholarship funds to 39 colleges and universities that are members of the United Negro College Fund.

Cisco donated 50 switches, valued at $1.5 million, to boost the computer network systems at all 39 schools.

And it agreed to give $300,000 to create the Cisco/UNCF University Scholars Program, which will provide two-year scholarships at $4,000 a year to rising juniors.

Scholarships initially are going to 10 students, including six in North Carolina – one each at Saint Augustine’s College and N.C. State University, both in Raleigh, and two each at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

The group also includes two students at Spelman College in Atlanta and one each at Morehouse College in Atlanta and Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Morgan State and N.C. State are not UNCF members.

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