Synovus Financial Sets Up UNCF Scholarship Fund to Honor Calvin Smyre

Synovus Financial Corporation today announced a $1 million contribution to the United Negro College Fund for the establishment of The Synovus/Calvin Smyre Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships for African American students to attend historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other institutions of higher education in Synovus’ five-state footprint.

A Columbus native, Calvin Smyre represents Columbus-Muscogee County in the Georgia House of Representatives. He was elected in 1974 and, as a 46-year veteran, is the longest-serving member of the Georgia General Assembly. One scholarship will be reserved for a student at Fort Valley State University, Smyre’s alma mater. Smyre joined Synovus as a management trainee in 1976. He retired from the company in 2014 as executive vice president of corporate affairs.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $54 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 294 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.

“Everyone who knows me understands my passion for financially assisting students seeking higher education,” Representative Smyre said. “I have committed my life to pursuing equality and improving the quality of life in Georgia throughout my career in the Georgia House of Representatives and my work on behalf of UNCF. I’m especially proud of my four decades-long association with UNCF to help further its mission of providing access to higher education for African Americans in my hometown of Columbus and across the country. And I am now honored to be the namesake of Synovus’ generous gift and clear commitment to increasing educational opportunities for African Americans across the Southeast.”

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Leymah Gbowee Recruited by Melinda Gates to Advance Women’s Health and Well-Being

Dr. Gbowee serves as executive director of the Institute on Gender, Law, and Transformative Peace at the City University of New York. The Institute serves as a hub for cross-sectoral, cross-movement, and transnational organizing, research, and scholarship.

Duke University Finds the Racial Wealth Gap Between Black and White Americans is Growing

From 2019 to 2022, the average net work gap between Black and White Americans grew by 38 percent. The study authors believe this increasing wealth gap can be attributed to the country's history with racism and inequities in intergenerational wealth.

James Martin II Named Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Martin brings decades of experiences in engineering research and academic leadership to his new role. He has been serving as the vice chancellor for STEM research and innovation at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nurses in Black-Serving Hospitals Experienced Increased Levels of “Moral Distress” During the Pandemic

Moral distress is defined as a feeling of being prevented from making a morally-ethical action, which contributes to mental health challenges. Nurses under moral distress are more likely to experience burnout and quit their jobs.

Featured Jobs